30th August 2016
Egypt: when the addict becomes a "hen that lays golden eggs', exciting secrets on non-accredited drug treatment centers
"Torture ... ... suicide death" a tragic end awaits the person that has fallen in the addiction trap and decided to undergo treatment, but whose conditions did not allow him admission in one of the reputable and respectable treatment centers to pull him out of this vicious circle. The addict is found in this case victim in unauthorized addiction treatment centers.
Indeed, the addicted person, who decided voluntarily or under pressure from his family to undergo treatment, has before him three options: public hospitals that usually display the slogan "there is no room, return the month next"; hospitals and reputable licensed centers that require sums ranging from 6000 to 9000 pounds per month for a treatment that last more than than six months; or unlicensed institutions.
Dr. Ihab Hindi, specialist in psychology and addiction at the hospital "Omm El-Masriyin" says that many families are turning to unauthorized institutions for the treatment of addiction for the sole purpose of getting rid of their addicted son at the lowest cost. The treatment does not exceed 2000 pounds per month, but these centers do not rely on a treatment protocol and are not managed by specialists, doctors or nurses but by an ex-addicted who cured from addiction since a period not exceeding two years and who often lack professional qualifications.
Doctor Hindi revealed that the number of deaths in these centers is very high, reaching up to six patients per month. Indeed, the person who comes as a "healer" administers injections to patients without knowing their medical history; hence many of them have lost their life in vain. He noted that a patient in one of these institutions committed suicide, because they refused to let him go to see his family and they continued to give him injections to keep him as long as possible and increase thus the bill.
Hindi also pointed out that some agencies tie up and torture the patients physically for refusing to continue treatment in the center. The patient represents for them "a hen that lays golden eggs" and they do not want to lose him. He said that the majority of patients either fail to heal or they relapse soon after.
Dr. Ihab Hindi added that the solution is not also in public hospitals that are managed by a group of employees, noting that drug treatment is indeed very difficult. Furthermore, he explained that there are two types of non-accredited institutions; those headed by non-specialists, and other specialists headed by the highest scientific and professional level, but failed to obtain a license given that the state requires a set of complicated procedures and huge money for the license and the doctor at the end finds himself in front of a single solution, according to Ihab Hindi.
It is known that the "tying up" procedure is practiced with patients in hospitals and specialized centers, but it is on a bed and using a belt or a special strap that does not harm to the patient. For his part, Ahmed Raouf, a volunteer at the hotline for the treatment of addiction, warned that most centers tie up patients for the purpose of extortion. Indeed, they proceed accordingly to prevent the patient from leaving the clinic. The volunteer called families not to put their children in those centers where there is not a single physician who oversees patients’treatment.
He stressed that the number of deaths caused by these centers exceeds by far the number of cases of complete recovery, explaining that the injections administered to patients in these suspicious places must be given with other medicines to avoid secondary effects like convulsions, but these centers’ injections are administered to punish the patient rather than to cure him.