The young man was tempted to try illegal substances after seeing his friends using them
Dubai police helped a young drug addict recover after his mother asked the authorities for help.
Despite some resistance, the young man, in his twenties, was tempted to use illegal substances with his friends.
Feeling helpless as her son’s school performance and social life deteriorated, the mother reported her son to the Hemaya International Center, a branch of the Dubai Police Department’s anti-narcotics department.
The young man was referred for treatment and rehabilitation under the UAE drug law which offers drug addicts the opportunity to seek treatment when they voluntarily surrender and return drugs to their possession.
New amendments to the anti-narcotics law, which came into effect on January 2, gave the court the power to direct first offenders to rehabilitation rather than jail. Specialized rehabilitation centers should be set up throughout the country where convicts can spend their sentence.
Colonel Abdullah Matar Al Khayat, director of the Hemaya International Police Center in Dubai, said: âAlthough the young man refused to try drugs for the first time with his group of friends, whom he met. during a workout he continued to hang with them until his curiosity finally prompted him to try it.
The young man’s addiction had consumed him as he searched for ways to get the money he needed to buy drugs.
Al Khayat said the authority sensitized the young man to the consequences of drug addiction and presented him with an integrated recovery plan with the help of specialists and experts.
âThe young man was cooperative and receptive to treatment. He pledged never to return to drugs and to focus on building a better future for himself and his family, âAl Khayat said.
He added that the mother’s awareness played a vital role in the treatment of her son.
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“While parents generally hid their children for fear of a bad reputation, the mother did not hesitate to contact the Hemaya center to get her son out of this dilemma which was slowly ruining his life.”
Al Khayat noted that “when parents cover up their children’s addiction, they risk leaving them to continue on the path of drug addiction, which can lead to jail and reduce their chances of recovery.”
He urged parents to take care of their children and seek help from the authorities to maintain family cohesion and public safety.