30th December 2017

Saudi Arabia: Nebras launches the "1955" Addiction Consultation Center available 24 hours a day

The Secretary-General of the National Committee Narcotics Control, Dr. Faisal Bin Saad Al-Shathri, launched the Addiction Consultation Center (1955), as part of the National Drug Prevention program "Nebras". The Center is directly monitored by Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Saud Bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Interior Minister and Chairman of the National Committee for the Control of Narcotics, to provide a family counseling and treatment service pertinent to drug use and addiction.

Dr. Al-Shathri explained that the Addiction Consultation Center receives calls via the toll free number (1955) and the "WhatsApp" number 00966552001955 from all parts of the Kingdom and it serves families having an addicted member. The center receives also calls pertinent to a variety of topics such as treatment requirement cases, forced transfer and various consultations that are conducted confidentially and in a civilized manner.

Moreover, Dr. Al-Shathri indicated that the Center is subject to specialized administrative and professional supervision by the "General Secretariat of the National Committee for the Narcotic Drugs Control" in collaboration with the General Directorate for Drug Control and Al-Amal Hospitals, according to the requirements and standards in similar centers around the world. Dr. Al-Shathri also noted that the importance of the center lies in its contribution to fight against the phenomenon of drug and psychotropic substances use and addiction that threaten our youth and their families.

On the other hand, Dr. Al-Shathri explained that the establishment of this center is a rapid intervention and a link between the addict and treatment sides, due to the reluctance of the addict or his family to seek treatment, often for fear of prosecution, or the impossibility of the family to control the patient who refuses therapy, which represents a danger for the family and the addict himself. The Center aims to report cases of violence that require necessary interventions to help families who are victims of violence from the addicted patient who refuses treatment, refer him to specialized treatment and rehabilitation institutions, in addition to finding the best solutions to the economic, health and legal problems faced by the patient or his family.

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