The government of Oman is very judicious in making plans for Omanis to recover from addiction. Yet, many Omani addicts do not seek treatment, but leave it due to shame. According to the National U.A.E., Ali Al Khusaibi a reformed addict added some reality to why this is so. He refuses to expose his family because as he said, " bring shame to your family if you admit to using drugs." He added that he knows the stigma is something that needs to change in his country. Hence, it's realistic to expect Omani addicts to either deny the problem or seek a solution beyond its shores.

To deny the addiction is to ask for trouble. This disease is a chronic illness. Without treatment, it gets worse, never better. It's vital for all addicts to seek recovery. Thus, we recommend Omani addicts to seek the best treatment abroad so that the dignity of the addict and family can be restored. Addicts in recovery will become useful people and will not be victims of their disease. 


The Problem With Seeking Treatment in Oman

Culture is not something that can change in an instant. To wait for Omani culture to be accepting of addiction as an illness, may be a fatal thing to do. It's because addiction is a progressive illness that if untreated, will lead to death. At the same time, changing Omani culture, will take a long time. The addict cannot afford to wait that long.

According to The National, U.A.E., Khadija Al Hooti, a therapist and volunteer with Al-Sakeena Charity Organisation had some things to say. She said that parents do not want to admit their children are addicted. Neither, do wives want to admit their husband's addiction. It's because Oman suffers from a culture of addiction denial and secrecy as a result of stigma and shame. From such omissions, it's possible that the amount of addicts in the nation could be as high as 30,000 people. Hence, the first problem in seeking treatment in Oman, is the most obvious: its shame-based culture with regards to addiction.

This leaves Omani addicts with only one option: treatment abroad such as with us at Solace Sabah. By doing so, they return with the dignity of recovery; whilst having addressed the shameful aspects of the disease, abroad.

Treatment in Oman is available, but it's not comprehensive. Al Masarra Psychiatric hospital is the only known place to treat both alcoholism and addiction, to date. There are over 1,000 beds for treating addicts. But, comprehensive, bespoke, and specialised treatment is most effective for treating addiction. For more on a model that works, read our article titled: "The Matrix Model of Drug Treatment." In that, you will learn that individual attention is needed to treat addiction. And, that rounding addicts in a hospital environment, more often than not, is counterproductive to healing. At Solace Sabah, we practice a bespoke model of treatment. For more on that, click here.

Lastly, Oman suffers from an increasingly toxic environment insofar as addiction is concerned. Drugs are becoming prolifically available throughout the country. According to The National, U.A.E., students as young as 15 years old have become targets of drug peddling in schools.

A teacher from a Muscat-based school said, "..the school has called the police twice in the last three years..." The school called for the police because they spotted drug peddlers on campus, trying to sell milk, or even juice mixed with heroin. The teacher then added, " As cheap (The drugged drinks) as 500 baiza and also very mild in content." Adding to this, the teacher remarked that this is how youngsters start off and later get hooked to stronger drugs.

What's more, in 2012, according to the National U.A.E., 4,500 people were admitted to Omani hospitals with alcohol-related diseases. By the end of 2016, that increased to 11,000 people. It shows that as judicious as the Omani government is to help addiction, it hasn't succeeded. In turn, this disease has become a financial burden on the government and on its people.

All this shows that Oman is not a safe place for someone who is seeking treatment for addiction. With addicts in active drug use everywhere, and increasing over time; the addict who abstains, may relapse shortly after. For more on relapse, click here. Hence, it takes recovery and strength with a sober program, to return to living in Oman, safely.


Seek recovery and freedom from addiction at Solace Sabah.

We are an alcohol and drug rehab centre located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. There are many reasons to choose us as your destination for addiction recovery. They are as follows:

First of all, we practice an integrated model of treatment. We combine the best in medical, psychiatric, and therapeutic science to heal addiction. Addiction, as a multi-disciplined illness, cannot be addressed from one angle. Our medical staff needs to handle the biological aspect of the disease, such as medical check-ups and medications.

Whereas, our clinical staff will deal with the treatment aspect. Various therapies will be applied based on each client's' need. Every client is different, hence treatment planning will be highly individualised and special. We do not adhere to all size fits everyone. At Solace Sabah, each client is a special case.

We balance our therapy with retreat. This means that clients get to leave the centre on various outings; from shopping to nature tours, to adventure sports. It's a holistic approach to recovery.

Another reason to reach out to us is due to the fact that we are located in a Muslim country. Other rehabs in Southeast Asia may have a good clinical background, but they are not located in a Muslim environment. Malaysia, as a Muslim country will be your best option because it is already familiar with the needs of Muslims. For example, all foods served here are Halal. And, we provide praying facilities for all our Muslim guests; as well as Mosque visits on Fridays.

What's more, you or your loved one's anonymity will be kept. This allows clients to get the best of treatment in the safety and privacy that's required for healing. Our clients will be able to explore issues that may be hurtful, painful, and shameful to those in Oman. But, here, honesty will be accompanied with honour and dignity. It's because we treat addicts as patients, with an illness. Not, as criminals with a moral defect. Call us for more information. We will always be happy to help you with your addiction concerns.