Green Cres­cent hails suc­cess in bat­tle against ad­dic­tion

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

TUR­KEY’S Green Cres­cent, a tee­to­tal so­ci­ety that is a house­hold name in Tur­key for its fight against ad­dic­tion of all kinds, has been suc­cess­ful in in­creas­ing the rate of re­cov­ery among the pa­tients they have helped.

Green Cres­cent Di­rec­tor Sul­tan Işık said their suc­cess rate is mea­sured based on one year in the life of a re­cov­er­ing ad­dict. “If an ap­pli­cant of our re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram does not re­sume his/her habit within one year af­ter quit­ting, it is an ac­com­plish­ment. Based on these fig­ures, our suc­cess rate is above 30 per­cent, and this is a sig­nif­i­cant fig­ure,” Işık told Anadolu Agency (AA).

No of­fi­cial fig­ures are avail­able re­gard­ing drug use in Tur­key, though it is es­ti­mated to be slightly above 2 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion. Işık says their work against sub­stance abuse cov­ers ev­ery­thing from ed­u­ca­tion to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. In ed­u­ca­tion, they reached out to more than 3 mil­lion stu­dents to ed­u­cate them about the dan­gers of drugs as well as other ad­dic­tions such as al­co­hol and tobacco.

“We of­fer free psy­chother­apy ser­vices to adults in­volved in sub­stance abuse through our Green Cres­cent Con­sul­ta­tion Cen­ter (YEDAM). They can call its hot­line for free both for them­selves or their rel­a­tive in­volved in sub­stance abuse. We in­vite them to ses­sions in the com­pany of psy­chi­a­try ex­perts first. The next phase of the re­cov­ery is work­shops [where they go through vo­ca­tional train­ing or en­gage in hob­bies to help them to kick the habit] and lastly, we help them find jobs,” she said about their whole­some ap­proach for re­cov­ery and their rein­te­gra­tion to so­ci­ety.

“We reg­u­larly mon­i­tor them af­ter they re­cover to see how long they stay sober. Our pe­riod for to­tal re­cov­ery is one year. That is, if you didn’t take drugs again one year af­ter you quit, you are a suc­cess. Based on this, our suc­cess rate is more than 30 per­cent. It is much higher if you con­sider those who stayed clean less than one year af­ter the re­cov­ery process,” she added.

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