Kuwait may be replete with rehab options for locals. There are many places you could go to; to get treatment for alcohol or drugs. Yet, if it were another illness, this would be good news for Kuwaitis. But, we're talking about addiction. A disease that is not even recognised as an illness; but a shameful moral failing in most Arab societies. Kuwait, like most of the Middle-East has a stigmatic view on addiction and recovery. The shame-based culture could make rehabilitation for Kuwaitis, damaging. It will damage the dignity and honour of both the addict in question and his/her families. Hence, most Kuwaitis are well-advised to seek recovery from addiction beyond these shores.

Addiction is a chronic illness of the midbrain. When an addict takes his/her addictive substance, or is involved in an addicted process; a part of his brain is damaged. Without proper treatment, addicts or alcoholics will get worse, never better. For more on the science behind addiction and why it is a disease, click here. Hence, it is important to seek treatment, and from a place where addicts are treated as patients, not criminals.


Why is Kuwait not safe for recovery?
It may be that Kuwait has well-meaning institutions to take care of addicts, but that's not enough for recovery. Addicts need more than good institutions. They need dignity, honour, and a healthy system of support and science to treat their illness. This makes Kuwait, as well as many other Middle-Eastern countries unsuitable. Below are some reasons as to why that is so:

As mentioned before, the shame-based culture of Kuwait is a huge liability. These attitudes towards addicts and addiction may change over time; but the still suffering addict cannot wait. As also mentioned, addiction is a progressive, chronic disease. Over time, it gets worse, never better, without proper treatment. Hence, the time to treat addiction is when the addict is ready; not when society is accepting of it. What's more, social stigma could endanger the reputation of families, friends, and the respectability of the addict. The need to be accepted by society is necessary to function in Kuwaiti, as in any society. Thus, seeking treatment abroad is best due to the safety in anonymity. In such conditions, clients can heal better; and be ready for a respectable homecoming upon discharge.

It's addiction's home-ground. If you or a loved one became addicted in Kuwait, it's highly unlikely that you can find recovery here. This is because addiction is rife in the region. For instance, according to the Kuwait Times, in 2013, drug related crimes were as much as 27,002 cases. The highest percentage was reported from Hawally Governate at 27% (7,281 cases).Followed by Farwaniya Governate at 22% (5,946 cases). Then, the Capital / Asima Governate at 16% (4,217 cases). Ahmadi and Jahra; both at 15%, with Ahmadi having 4,116 cases; while Jahra had 4,102 cases respectively. The lowest percentage was reported from Mubarak Al-Kabeer, with 5% (1,340 cases).

What's more, being close to family may halt the healing process, due to codependency issues. For more on codependency, read this article. These may include, but are not limited to family and social pressures; not to mention the ubiquity of drugs.

Last but not least, the practice in Kuwait is to lump and dump as many addicts into a single space. According to the Kuwait Times, a drug rehab centre can cater for up to 100 persons in a single ward. The practice of lumping all addicts together has negative side-effects. For one, it leaves addicts vulnerable to others who may be still using or who promotes using. And on the other hand, it takes away individual attention that's necessary for healing. At Solace Sabah, we practice the matrix model of treatment. For more on this individuated model, click here. What we can assure our clients is a unique and individuated treatment plan. For each addict will bring different issues to treatment. One cure fits all; does not apply to treating addicts.


Why Solace Sabah is a beneficial option for Kuwaitis.
Solace Sabah is a drug and alcohol rehab located in Malaysia. You or a loved one will be 12,248 kilometres away from prying eyes. You could excuse yourself from Kuwait to say you'll be on a long holiday or to tend to an illness, but keep the details to your counsellor. Your discretion and anonymity is protected. This allows you to recover in the privacy of our secure environment. Hence, when returning home, the shame-based culture will not affect you. What's more, our counsellors will prep you for your trip back to ensure that you leave with dignity and honour. By doing this, you tend to the disease. At the same time, you protect yourself from the stigma addiction suffers in Kuwait.

We also practice an integrated and highly professional level of medical and mental care. We are a one-stop treatment for all the addict's needs in recovery: from health concerns to therapy. For more on our treatment process, click here. On the same note, we practice a highly individuated treatment program. We prioritise each client's needs according to his/her own background. We understand that each person has his/her own unique issues. And each, will be treated with special care and attention.

Added to that, we are also a safe environment. No drugs are allowed in Solace grounds. While you are with us for our primary program, i.e. your initial stay (be it 28-days or more), you'll be accompanied on all outings. Thus, the pressures of the outside world can be observed and processed. In other words, you or a loved one will have the support necessary throughout the treatment process.