The first Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Mother and Child was opened at midday today in the presence of Masoumeh Ebtekar, the vice-president for women and family affairs, Ali Rabiei, the minister of cooperatives, labor and social welfare, Anooshiravan Mohseni-Bandpei, the head of Welfare Organization, the representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, a group of NGOs and donators.
According to the Public Relations Office of the Rebirth Charity Society, the first Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Mother and Child started working with the permission of the Welfare Organization of Iran and a subset of the National Program for Treatment and Harm Reduction of Addiction in collaboration with the District 15 of the Municipality of Tehran.
The target group of this Center is the women who misuse drugs and are vulnerable to harms. They are responsible for their children and do not have a safe residence to keep their children while they are in rehab centers. Our Center is able to receive mothers and their children up to 12 years of age.
The admission process in this Center is voluntary and the policy of the Center is such that the help-seekers are not forced to stay in the Center. Consequently, they can withdraw from the process of treatment and rehabilitation at any time they wish.
The main goal is rehabilitation
Help-seekers can stay in the Center between one to six months according to the therapist diagnoses. Although it is possible to detoxify the users and cut the use of drugs and treat them at the Center, the main goal is rehabilitation.
At this Center, everyday life skills are taught to clients by psychologists, counselors, social workers and peer groups so that the help-seekers can return to the community. Newly-born babies and children up to the age of 6 are kept at the nursery school of this Center. Six-to-twelve-year-old children have the chance to go to schools outside the Center.
Vocational training and assistance for employment of help-seekers
Based on the policies of the Center, we presume that most admitted children and their mothers have grown up in high-risk cultural and family environments. They have probably faced physical and mental harms and have not received proper education. Therefore, the Center has considered physical and mental rehabilitation programs for them. Also, the Center teaches life skills to them.
Children’s detoxification is a complex and specialized process that must be performed in hospitals and health centers. Hence, if a child is addicted, it is first sent to a health center to stop using drugs. Next, the child may come back to the Center after the diagnosis of the treatment team.
Another major program of the Center is to rehabilitate and enhance the skills of those women who are themselves willing to learn a new profession or enter the job market. Providing the help-seekers with vocational training and helping them to be employed are other measures which will be taken at this Center.