Addicts to choose own treatment
HCM CITY (VNS)— The HCM City Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs kicked off an innovative project on drug-addiction treatment on Tuesday.
The pilot project is the first-ever model in the country in which habitual drug users contributes towards the cost of their treatment at the department's rehabilitation centre.
They also receive follow-up treatment and supervision as part of the service.
The model programme allows the participants to choose the method that is most suited to their health condition and personal life, according to Do Manh Hung, deputy director of the centre. The treatment schedule can be arranged so that it does not interfere with the patient's school or work life.
For those participants who choose treatment at the centre, the length of care will last from one to three months, and for those who opt for treatment at home, it will take six to 12 months.
The project, which ends in 2015, costs VND403 million (US$19,000) and is funded by the city's budget. It targets offering treatment to 700 drug addicts.
As of mid-December, rehabilitation centres in the city housed a total of 9,437 substance abusers, including 853 women. —VNS