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Open house lectures on addiction, alcohol abuse.

The HMC's psychiatry department will begin on September 19 a new season of its open house lectures with one on how to deal with drug addiction and alcohol abuse and information on the psychological support available for addicts.

The open discussion will take place from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the psychiatry department located on Ibn Sina Street.

HMC mental health senior consultant will explain what drug addiction and alcohol abuse mean as well as causes of addiction, how they develop and reasons why young people are so susceptible towards addiction.

Dr Abdul-Aleem will present insights on the challenges faced within communities in Qatar.

He will also highlight the importance of the national strategy 2010-2015 to combat drugs addiction and alcohol abuse.

The lecture will explain what type of psychological support is available to addicts and ways to deal with reactions related to addiction and the important role of therapists in supporting patients and families.

"It is imperative to extend optimal help for those who have already experienced addiction putting into consideration that addiction is, above all, a malady and not, by any means, a behavioural depravation," Dr Abdul-Aleem said while pointing out that "addicts should be encouraged to seek treatment from specialists and not depend only on family advice to try and quit the addiction."

He mentioned that there are many external factors that can contribute to the challenges an individual faces in dealing with their addiction and getting professional help is essential.

Dr Abdul-Aleem further explained that: "Statistics show that only about 30% of most addicts who sought treatment managed to quit their addiction, however, being under the supervision of a therapist and healthcare provider in a specialised medical facility, helped tremendously to stabilise their condition. Research has indicated that as many as 70% of young heroin addicts die before the age of 30, but targeted treatment can have a hugely beneficial effect on reducing this rate."

The lecture is open to healthcare professionals as well as anyone from the general public who would like to know more about addiction and ways to deal with it.

The lecture will be in English but Arabic staff are on hand to provide information in Arabic.

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Date:Sep 15, 2012
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