When it comes to drug addiction, the Middle-East faces three crises. The first is the dishonesty and secrecy around useful data. According to Brookings.com, there are no facts around the statistics. We do not know how drugs get produced, disseminated, and used. Could there be a link between this secrecy, terrorism, and addiction?

Another crisis is the harsh treatment of addicts.  There have been countless beheadings in Saudi Arabia alone due to the influx of drugs. Also, according to Brookings.com, possession of narcotics could get you a jail term. Even if those drugs are prescribed, you may risk incarceration.  It’s no wonder that addiction is on the rise. Fear, paranoia, control, addiction, and violence go hand in hand.

Last but not least, the Middle East hosts no treatment facility that can be of significant help to addicts yearning for a real recovery. With addicts and addiction on the rise, these are problematic issues. To sum, what you have is a chaotic place, with harsh living conditions, and no treatment facility. It’s obvious what the problem is. The rise of addiction in the Middle-East is because of itself.

Drug addiction does not happen in a vacuum. There are reasons why people get addicted. The causes of drug addiction are important to know. For in knowing these causes, a solution can come about through proper treatment. At Solace Sabah, we treat the addict by treating the causes of his/her addiction. Treatment, not punishment, is how we change this chaos into something better.


What's the cause for drug addiction?

Genetics, society, emotions, mentality, environment, spirituality, medical conditions, and finance; each cause addiction. In other words, the cause of addiction is a life that is not at peace with the present moment. If life is hectic and painful, addicts will retreat to drugs and addiction will take place. Addiction happens because the brain gets re-structured by the drugs. It's a disease of the brain's pleasure circuit. And like any illness, addicts need treatment for continuous recovery.

Addicts may have inherited this illness. Genes play a role in becoming an addict. For those with the addicted gene are more likely to become addicts. Or, they may have an addictive response, as compared to those who do not have this gene.

Addicts could have picked up the drugs to fit in with a particular group of friends or peers. When they see that others are enjoying the drugs, they will be curious to try it. Sometimes, it's about fitting in with the crowd.

Strife or hardship will drive people to seek pleasures to numb the pain. Addicts may have used their drug to numb emotions. It's quite true for the Arabian culture where shame and honor replace intimacy. The culture does not encourage one to talk about one's feelings. To have little self-expression, will lead to drug abuse. It's because denying one's self-expression is a painful thing to do. It's emotional suicide. People have the right to exist, and they are only able to do so if they have the freedom to express themselves.

The country, values, and culture play a huge role in forming an addiction to drugs. If the culture promotes drug-taking in any form, there's a high possibility of abuse. In due course, that will lead to addiction. For example, Arabian culture values the "Hookah." Even though one can use it as mere vapor, but the act of "Hookah" almost mimics smoking. A significant number of drugs are smoked like hashish, methamphetamines, and marijuana to name a few. It's not so much what's been taken, but how. Culture provides an excellent context for it. So, the environment will create the addict.

Most addicts also have a preexisting mental disorder. For example, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. To cope with these diseases, addicts have resorted to taking drugs. For instance, people with schizophrenia will smoke tobacco because it helps to calm their schizophrenia. At Solace Sabah, we'll be able to assist you with these disorders. But, you will need to get treatment for the addiction, first. It’s because the symptoms of addiction and mental illness clash. It takes time for to see what causes what.

Addicts are unable to tell right from wrong. Actions and values get convoluted. This applies in particular when they mix up morality with religiosity. Religion tells them to behave well and be good to others. As human beings, they can hide behind the facade of religion and continue acting immoral. When they do this, they are more inclined to addiction and drugs. We've written about how being religious is not the same as being a good person. Read our blog on religion and codependency to know more.

Addiction could result due to medications. It's not uncommon for doctors to prescribe addictive medications to their patients. When this happens, patients with addictive tendencies will crave for more drugs. For example, "Adderall" used to treat hyperactivity creates cravings for "amphetamines." "Pseudoephedrine," an ingredient in methamphetamine is also employed in nasal sprays. Hence, any exposure to "ephedrines" will create cravings for that drug. In themselves, these prescribed medicines are also addictive. For example, there are cough syrup addictions as there are benzodiazepine addictions. For more information on addiction and medication, take a look at our article on "Prescription Drugs: The Cure or The Curse?"

Addicts could have begun drugging due to lack of money. Poverty drives people to all sorts of illegal behaviors. In desperation, even the most well-meaning individual could get themselves hooked on drugs. For example, to support their family and put food on the table, the addict may have become a pusher for drugs. Selling drugs may have helped him/her earn a reasonable income to survive. Thus, a life of addiction may have resulted from the lack of money.


Seek Recovery with us at Solace Sabah

You are not responsible for your addiction. Addiction is a disease that affects the best of people. But, you are responsible for seeking recovery.

At Solace Sabah, we are here to help you do that. We treat addiction from a holistic perspective. We use a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of treatment. At a biological level, we treat the body from craving the drugs. At a psychological level, we treat the mind to live addiction-free. Socially, we re-immerse the addict into society. And at a spiritual level, we teach addicts how to live responsibly.

Being in Malaysia, we are in a Muslim-friendly environment. We serve Halal cuisine. We cater to all your Islamic needs such as mosque visits on Friday. Also, some of our clinicians are Muslim themselves.

Added to that, our clinicians are from all over the world. We have counselors and recovery coaches from South Africa, U.S, U.K., and Europe. Our clinical staff members have a wealth of experience in addiction treatment.

We are here to help you or a loved one recover from this illness. In the Middle-East, it's very dangerous to say you've got an addiction, let alone seek help for it. Here, you will be our anonymous guest. In complete anonymity and privacy, you will have room to grow.

When you have finished treatment, you will have a set of tools for living life free of this disease. You will be able to handle life without returning to drugs. For more information on our treatment, please, give us a call. We're always here to help.