The DAP Treatment and Rehabilitation Network provides a variety of treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare facilities and services to people of all ages of both genders, including children as young as a year old.
Other than collaborating with local NGOs and government, one of DAP’s most effective drug treatment strategy is collaborating with communities, taking into account the cultural, religious and developmental aspects, and establishing integrated model of drug abuse treatment. The communities are actively engaged in the planning and implementation of addiction treatment, thus ensuring positive impact of community-based rehabilitation. DAP has also adopted the most effective aftercare services – the re-integration of recovering people in mainstream society by inculcating vocational rehabilitation a part of the treatment programme. DAP not only supports establishment of treatment facilities, but also provides technical and capacity building assistance to treatment professionals in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Drug abuse prevention has been identified as the most important intervention in drug abuse. Like the treatment network, DAP prevention network caters to the needs of communities by providing on-going support, capacity building and technical assistance. DAP’s most beneficial preventive strategy is the integration of Preventive Drug Education in science subjects in school curriculum. The ‘Life Skills Drug Prevention Module’ was specifically designed for this purpose. The most unique prevention approach adopted by DAP is faith-based prevention activities, mobilising religious leaders to take up vital leadership roles in prevention as well as providing essential pre-treatment and early intervention services, and aftercare services to assist recovering people in their communities.
Youth is the most affected group in regard to drug abuse in the world. With the understanding that youth culture is a peer culture, DAP initiates peer-led and Y2Y (Youth to Youth) programmes in the region. The main aim of such programmes is to train every youth to be leaders in their communities to initiate sustainable projects in drug prevention. The network focuses on building and maintaining an Asian Youth Network through which effective resilience against drug abuse and lessons learnt are shared. The Asian Youth Congress (AYC) is the most significant DAP youth programme and the biggest youth event in the region in drug demand reduction. The 9th AYC was successfully completed in July 2012 in Osaka, Japan with participation of youth from 22 countries.
DAP is devoted to publishing original work in drug demand reduction through a transparent and rigorous peer-viewed process. DAP is most proud to present its publications which includes a range of manuals, guidebooks, educational kit, journals, etc. The International Journal of Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder is a biannual journal.
In the same year that DAP was established, the formation of human capital was reshaped to make it more relevant to the current needs of member countries. Deviating from long-term trainings, short-term training courses were embraced to keep with the changing drug scenario in the region. Though DAP’s main projects are in drug prevention and treatment, Law Enforcement Officers receive capacity building in chemical testing and control, mainly to address regional problems pertaining to illegal drug trafficking and precursor chemicals within their respective countries’ jurisdictions. Short-term capacity building is also provided to recovering addicts and women addiction professionals working in various in-care and aftercare facilities.
DAP also maintains a network of experts which plays an integral part in sustaining its drug demand reduction networks by rendering other networks with technical expertise in the drug field. The group extends their experience and expertise by providing consultation and capacity building. The group, comprising of professionals from different countries, cultures, ethnicity, qualification and professional backgrounds, provides a dynamic, multi-perspective and wide-ranging approach towards drug demand reduction.