Organization for Addiction Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation (OAPTAR)



The International Recovery Symposium 2023 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

In the lush surrounding of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, a transformational event unfolded from September 18 – 21 – the International Recovery Symposium. Drawing a remarkable gathering of over 700 delegates from 22 countries, this symposium proved to be a beacon of hope and change in the realm of addiction recovery.

The symposium offered a comprehensive array of learning experiences, with eight training courses running concurrently. These courses offer new perspectives and strategies for attendees to bring back to their communities. At the heart of the symposium was the captivating plenary session, themed “From Incarceration to Treatment,” a poignant reminder of the power of rehabilitation over punishment.

The symposium was not just about lectures and workshops; it was a platform of lively exchanges and dialogues. A dialogue between INL, US Department of State and enforcement agencies was a pivotal moment as all the agencies were engaged in dynamic conversation.

The ISSUP workshop brought new insights into what ISSUP offers members and the wide range of knowledge members can get.

The paper presentation was stimulating highlights as academia presented their papers on drug related topics.

The symposium marked the birth of two monumental events – the launch of ISSUP Malaysia and the Asian Recovery Network.

One of the most anticipated moment was the Phoenix Gala Award, a dazzling evening dedicated to honouring individuals and organizations whose remarkable efforts contributed significantly to drug demand reduction

In the serene ambiance of Kuching, the International Recovery Symposium served as a reminder that recovery is a journey that transcends borders, and that unity, knowledge sharing and celebration are powerful tools in the fight against addiction. At the end of the symposium, the attendees departed with a renewed sense of purpose, armed with wisdom and inspiration needed to continue the vital work in drug demand reduction.

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We believe that every individual in the community who reaches out to us has the potential to be fully functioning, productive and able to contribute to the development of the community given the support and opportunity. As such we want to provide them with life and vocational skills that will enable them to find gainful employment or create a self-sustainable income.

Life skills training fundamentally help the community to learn how to interact effectively, be resilient and manage the wide range of issues that may affect their physical, mental, social and economic well-being. Life skills training like assertiveness helps them build the confidence and ability to reject offer of negative nature like drugs. In essence, life skills help to increase their protective factors to build resilience so that they can face the challenges of today’s environment.

We also believe in building and expanding the capacity of our members, volunteers and practitioners in the drug demand reduction field (DDR). We provide training in the prevention, treatment and recovery of substance use disorders for these practitioners and volunteers to ensure that they provide quality standard services using evidence-based practices. In addition, the training is a way to recognize their work and professionalize the drug demand reduction field.   

There is a wide range of issues in the community that affect their physical, social, psychological, health and economic well-being. Some include unemployment which relates to income, housing or debilitated homes, drug use, petty crimes, broken homes, domestic violence, child abuse and so on.

Intervention in social affairs are inclusive and integrated as we work collaboratively with government agencies. Referral to relevant agencies provide the community with access to the kind of assistance they need which include and not limited to social and welfare services, employment and vocational services or any other services they require. Community Social Intervention also include skills training for families, youths and recovering persons.

The overall goal of the CDIC is to reduce drug use and dependence and its health-related consequences through an integrated network of services in the implementation of evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

The CDIC is a center for robust activities intended to engage the community in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of drug use and dependence.

It also serves as a Community-based Treatment Center for drug use and dependence.

The CDIC is run by a team of professionals in drug demand reduction.

There are separate programs for youths and families. Programs for youths include vocational training and life skills training. Workshops for families include communication and problem solving. Family therapy is an ongoing activity as part of the recovery support services. Psychoeducation sessions are conducted to provide insight into issues affecting them and educate them on coping with and managing the issues.