Treatment and rehabilitation department

This is the department responsible for providing the services of therapy and rehabilitation for patients; this department has four main subsections, which all work together integrated to provide holistic services.

This department has four sections:

  • Psychiatric section
  • Medical section
  • Psychology section
  • Social work section
  • Provision of outstanding care for patients and their families, to relieve the suffering caused by addiction to alcohol and other substance related disorders. Addiction is viewed by us as a chronic relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite the continued presence of negative consequences in all domains of the patient’s life. We have a clear mandate and an organizational strategy with a clear vision as a leading center, a mission as a national resource center and values of governance and accountability.
  • Access to comprehensive psychiatric evaluation based on a bio-psycho-social, functional and spiritual (Islamic) perspectives, for all patients presenting to the service.
  • Based on the comprehensive assessment above, a multidisciplinary treatment plan will be developed covering a wide range of valid, efficacious evidence and practice based pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic interventions e.g.
    • Medically assisted withdrawals
    • Maintenance therapy (agonist and/or antagonist therapy)
    • Motivational interviewing
    • Supportive individual psychotherapy
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Relapse prevention
    • Group therapy
    • Psycho education
  • Family therapy.
  • To maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Provision of a continuum of psychiatric care for patients.
  • Improve the quality of life of patients in all domains.
  • Provide families of patients with advice, support and education about the addiction disease.
  • Engagement of patients is the priority of the section, and planning their recovery is a long term process, that generally takes from 3 to 9 months of intensive interventions.
  • Services are provided applying a continuum of care model and special emphasis is put on community based treatment, especially in the outpatient services, where the MATRIX model is currently applied.
  • Confidentiality of patient’s information is a must and we are bound by ethical codes generated from the local statutory guidelines and augmented by international standards.
  • To stay up-to-date with current evidence and practice based practices and utilizes them in patient care.
  • Lead in the development of awareness and educational materials about addiction and disseminate knowledge in the field.
  • To ensure that staff demonstrate high interpersonal communication skills, compassion and empathy with patients and their families.
  • Provision of high quality advanced and internationally accredited training for staff, in evaluation, treatment and research in the addiction field.
  • At the core of section’s interest is understanding of the epidemiology and genetic and other etiologic aspects of the disease.
  • A central objective is teaching and promotion of training for medical students and psychiatry trainees through our resources and our international affiliations.
  • Services are provided on a 24/7 basis , with full access to :
    • Crisis intervention
    • Outpatients program and follow up
    • Detoxification unit
    • Internal medicine care
    • Residential rehabilitation and aftercare
  • The programs currently running are:
    • Outpatient services
    • Inpatients male voluntary unit
    • Inpatients male involuntary unit (referrals from the judiciary system and higher authority)
    • Inpatients female voluntary unit
    • Inpatients female involuntary unit
    • Inpatient adolescent unit in collaboration with the JWC
  • Planned services include:
    • Adolescent unit
    • Dual diagnosis unit
    • Smoking cessation service
    • Satellites in eastern and western regions of Abu Dhabi
    • Therapeutic community service
    • Shelter home – not planned
  • Provision of data and public health statistics about illicit drug use and trends, to advise the relevant statutory authorities plan for drug demand reduction.
  • Active involvement in partnerships and affiliations currently sanctioned by NRC leadership e.g. Harvard Mclean USA, and King’s College, London, UK.
  • NRC will adopt a stepped approach to care, placing patients in the least intensive intervention that will meet their needs and then, as their needs change, helping them to move easily through the system.
  • Patients will continually be assessed and reassessed throughout their treatment to ensure that the services they receive match their needs. As patients move through treatment, their needs change.