Centre's treatment helps drug addicts move on

THE Klinik Cure&Care 1Malaysia Sungai Besi has an open access policy whereby drug addicts are treated on a voluntary basis for free.

The drug rehabilitation centre is located at Batu 7, Jalan Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur. There are 11 such clinics in the country run by the Home Ministry.

Unlike the Drug Compulsory Centre better known as Pusat Serenti, treatment provided here is less regimented. Those who seek treatment voluntarily will not be detained or prosecuted, making it easier for former addicts to move on with their careers and lives.

Since its establishment in October 2010, a total of 32,144 patients have been treated at Cure&Care clinics.

Previously, drug addicts who were detained by the authorities or came voluntarily were sent to Pusat Serenti.

However, since October 2010, some are sent to Cure&Care clinics while those caught by the authorities are sent to Cure&Care Rehabilitation Centres.

Klinik Cure&Care 1Malaysia Sungai Besi director Haslinda Jamaluddin said the treatment provided was more holistic encompassing medical, social and spiritual support.

“We have doctors, medical assistants, psychiatrists, counsellors and religious teachers here.

“Patients who are considered serious are first given medical treatment.

“Then we will look into the behavioural and psychological aspects,” she said, adding that accommodation was provided for those who opted to stay at the clinic during treatment.

Addicts who suffer from withdrawal symptoms are given Methadone.

“Sometimes, it can take up to two years for patients to fully recover,” she said.

Haslinda urged families, friends and the society to play their part in helping addicts overcome their problem.

“We are not here to punish the addicts but support and care for them,” she said.

For details, visit www.adk.gov.my or call 03-8911 2200.

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