DAP Initiatives

Treatment and Rehabilitation Network

1.            Assistance to Treatment Facilities for Drug Dependants: In this project, DAP offers technical support and capacity building for treatment professionals of treatment facilities that provide treatment services to drug dependants of all genders and ages. The main objective of the project is to strengthen the operation of the residential treatment and rehabilitation facilities for drug dependents. This project currently supports 33 treatment centers in Afghanistan in various provinces to address drug dependents in residential and home-based treatments.

2.            Outpatient Drug Treatment Centers: For this project DAP works with a community-based approach which aims to establish an integrated model of drug abuse treatment by actively engaging the community in planning and implementation of addiction treatment and ensuring positive impact of community-based rehabilitation. This project currently supports three centres in Kabul and seven centres in other provinces of Afghanistan.

3.            Assistance to Village-based Treatment Facilities for Drug Dependants: Under this project, male and female adults, adolescents and children drug dependents are provided treatment facilities at village-level. Training courses are conducted to enhance the knowledge and skills of treatment staff. The project is currently implemented to assist village-base treatment camps in the four villages of Kohnar Kaldar, Ana Guilday, Quargha Eakarash and Bilekh in Kaldar District, Balkh Province of Afghanistan.

4.            Outreach/Drop in Centers (ODICs): ODIC is one of DAP’s intervention/aftercare services rendered for last eight years by establishing easily accessible drop in centres in communities. The project directly focus on providing technical and capacity building support to government and non-government organisations with outreach drop in centres for drug abusers, high risk population, recovering people, and co-dependants as indirect beneficiaries. DAP currently supports ODICs of local governments and NGOs in countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Philippines, and Thailand to provide better treatment facilities.

5.            Vocational Rehabilitation: This project, a part of treatment programme, is implemented as a main aspect of re-integration of recovering people. The vocational training project is implemented to encourage sustainable and drug-free lives for drug dependants who pass the treatment phase.

Prevention Network

1.            Preventive Drug Education (PDE): PDE provides integration of the preventive drug education programme in the school curriculum. The Life Skills Drug Prevention module, a science-based programme, is designed to address a wide range of risk and protective factors. The project provides trainings and modules for PDE for basic and secondary level education, specifically in all science subjects. The modules teach social skills in combination with drug resistance, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills, guiding youth toward healthy choices, and drug and violence-free lifestyles.

2.            Mosque-based Programme: The mosque-based approach is adopted since spiritual development is found to be a powerful force and an essential component to insulate the community in general, so that they do not succumb to the lures of drug addiction. Hence, DAP mobilises Mullahs (religious leaders of the mosques) to take up leadership roles in drug prevention. The project is currently implemented in 24 provinces in Afghanistan to strengthen the operation of mosque-based programmes.

3.            Anti-drug Coalitions in Communities: Another of DAP’s community-based programme, the project serves to selected communities to develop effective anti-drug coalitions, to conduct in-country trainings and also to provide on-going support and technical assistance. It is implemented in partnership with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). CADCA has been training local grassroots groups known as community anti-drug coalitions, in effective community problem-solving strategies, teaching communities to assess their local substance abuse-related problems and develop a comprehensive plan to address them.

4.            Mobile Public Awareness and Drug Prevention Exhibition: First initiated in 2011 as a pilot project in Kabul City, DAP, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Educational Foundation, had expanded the Exhibition to two additional provinces: Balkh and Herat as pilot projects in 2012. Targeting mainly school children among university students, women and the general public, the Exhibition consists of colourful poster boards, each with its own unique message of ill-effects of opium and benefits of distancing oneself, family and friends from use of opium and other harmful drugs. More than 100,000 Afghans had viewed the exhibition in 2012 alone.

Youth Network

1.            Asian Youth Congress (AYC): AYC is the biggest DAP annual event that invites participation of youth from member countries and extend the same invitation to youth of non-member countries. The first edition of AYC was held in Bali, Indonesia in 2002 and the 9th edition was successfully completed in July 2012 in Osaka, Japan with participation of youth from 22 countries. AYC focuses on building and maintaining an Asian Youth Network through which effective resilience against drug abuse and lessons learnt are shared. The AYC training workshops provide knowledge and understanding of illicit drugs and its ill-effects among youth, address new issues, share information, facilitate action plans, and identify strategies that would empower youth leaders in prevention campaign. It also functions as platform to experiment innovative ways to utilise edutainment cum cultural exchange to disseminate drug prevention messages to the youth.

2.            National Youth Congresses: The Asian Youth Congress has also resulted in similar initiatives at national level like Iranian Youth Congress (1st edition), Afghan Youth Congress (3rd edition), Palawan Youth Congress (7th edition), and Pakistan Youth Congress (4th edition) which have in-turn have resulted in in-country youth congresses, besides each hosting country of AYC continuing with their national youth congress each year. Thus, the AYC impact has been far reaching.

Publications

1.            International Journal of prevention and treatment of Substance Use Disorder (IJPTSUD)

2.            Other Publications

  • Preventive Drug Education Teacher’s Manual and Educational Kit (for schools in Afghanistan) September 2012
  • Counter Narcotics Public Information (CNPI) Campaign in Afghanistan, May 2010
  • Skills for Drug Education in Schools – A Manual for Teachers and Trainers, November 2009
  • Enhancing Life Skills in Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation – A Manual for Practitioners and Trainers, October 2009
  • Drug Outreach Programme in Asia, November 2008
  • The Drug Problem: Strengthening the Role of Islamic Religious Leaders, March 2006
  • 2nd Asian Recovery Conference – Report of Proceedings, January 2006
  • A Guidebook on Minimum Standards – Management of Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Programmes in Asia, May 2005
  • Life Skills for Youth – A Drug Abuse Prevention Training Manual, August 2004

Training and Education

Asian Centre for Certification and Education of Addiction Professionals (ACCE)

The ACCE was established on 16 February 2009 as a Training and Credentialing arm of the Drug Advisory Programme. It is part of the global initiative funded by the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the US Department of State and with a special collaboration with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counsellors (NAADAC) of USA to train, certify and professionalise the addiction treatment workforce in the region.

The main goal of ACCE is to create a cadre of addiction professionals in Asia by enhancing their knowledge, skills and competence thereby enabling them to provide quality services and care for recovering individuals and families by maintaining a high quality standard in treatment profession.

1.            International Training Course on Precursor Chemical Control for Asian Narcotics Law Enforcement Officers: The training programme provides an overview of illicit traffic of precursors and chemicals in Southeast Asia, China and India including investigation techniques and methods to conduct precursor chemical control operations for law enforcement officers of ASEAN countries. The training is conducted in partnership with the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), Thailand.

2.            Regional Training of Women Counsellors on Family Therapy in Treatment and Rehabilitation: The training covers the topics of impact of addiction on family, co-dependency traits and methods to deal with them, issues in recovery, responses and feelings and counselling of family members, role of family in relapse prevention, symptoms of addiction, impact on children, parenting skills developing family therapy programme and support groups, strengthening self-esteem and building relationships. The DAP, in partnership with TTK Hospital, a pioneering institution, devoted to treatment for addiction, organises this training for women addiction professionals from different countries working in various in-care and aftercare facilities.

3.            Asian Recovery Symposium (ARS): Since 2004, DAP has held six Asian Recovery Symposiums to celebrate the sobriety of recovering addicts from Asia and Pacific region. The ARS provides a platform for mutual sharing and support for sustaining sobriety among recovering addicts, to develop appropriate strategies for the promotion of addiction treatment and enhancement of knowledge and skills related to addiction treatment and aftercare.

4.            Regional Training for Drug Law Enforcement Officers: This training programme, initiated in 2010, aimed to introduce a holistic drug strategy and supply reduction approach based on the Singaporean experience. While the current broad objectives are to illustrate how an overarching anti-drug strategy can provide a coherent and holistic framework to enable a concerted effort against drug abuse and foster a deeper appreciation of the global drug situation, it also highlights the importance of international cooperation to face the challenges of drug control in many countries such as trans-national trafficking. This training for mid-level drug law enforcement officers of the member countries training is conducted in partnership with the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

5.            Regional Training for Drug Law Enforcement Trainers: The objectives of this training are to equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to better design and deliver effective, efficient and engaging learning sessions for other law enforcement officers in their respective countries. Besides the skills acquired from the trainings, the participants are also exposed to discussions on regional problems pertaining to illegal drugs trafficking and precursor chemicals within their respective countries’ jurisdictions. Further, the participants exchange information on international drug trends and drug criminal activities among the member countries for future cooperation. DAP, in partnership with the Turkish International Academy against Drug and Organised Crimes (TADOC), has organised the training in TADOC Academy, Ankara, Turkey, since 2010.

6.            Regional Training on Forensic Drug Analysis: This training provides officers working in the drug analysis laboratories from the member countries with a comprehensive knowledge on drug purify and analysis, and new techniques of forensic drug analysis. They are also updated on new types of drugs, and exchange best practices in the Asia Pacific region to strengthen the regional cooperation on forensic drug analysis. DAP has organised the training in partnership with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), India, since 2011.

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