Detoxification of Narcotic Users Should be Based on Indigenous Wisdom


President of the World Federation Therapeutic Communities (WFTC) Anthony Gelormino suggested for effective recovery of drug addicts, the implementation should be sensitive to local cultural values.

“So it must be understood that it takes different ways to heal the narcotics addict adapted to their culture,” he said amidst the “The 25th World Conference Federation of Therapeutic Community” (WFTC) in Denpasar.

However, according to him, often in the rehabilitation of addicts, the therapist just eliminates the addiction without regarding to a person’s rights to be protected. In fact, eliminating the addiction is not only limited to the use of drugs.

Therapeutic communities are viewed to be effective enough to restore the addiction because of adopting the local culture as well as involve the role of the family.

He pointed out, in the United States the therapy procedure combined with the cultural community treatment for the addicts, therefore the addicts after undergoing rehabilitation may be independent, develop their job and finally get back to the family.

Meanwhile, Melanie Herman of Forum Communications Family Support Group said that recovery through the cultural approach would be more flexible.

“As we all know, when there is a family member affected by drugs, a traumatic impact can influence the whole family and sometimes takes a long time,” said the board of family addict of communication forum.

Therapeutic communities, he added, did not stop at a single program, but rather continues to be directed at the development of the values of the good life and a strong family.

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