Farid Barati-Sadeh, Head of the State Welfare Organization’s department for the prevention and treatment of addiction, said that “The permit for this center, which will be opened in Tehran, has been issued for a pilot program. No other license will be issued until the conditions and outcomes of the activities of this center have been studied.” He added, however, that no license for treatment of alcohol abuse would be given to drug rehab centers. Barati-Sadeh said that Teheran’s alcohol abusers would be admitted to the rehab center for periods of 25 days to one month. He said the rehab center was to be opened in addition to the Alcoholics Anonymous groups which had previously received an official permit. Abbas Ali Nasehi Senior Health Ministry official said in this regard that there was no need for centers specialized in the treatment of alcohol abusers in Iran as “It is against Iranian law to consume alcohol. Therefore if these specialized centers are established, those who wish to be treated will not come to these centers as they would be identified and they are scared of this.” Barati-Sadeh cited police statistics which put the number of alcohol abusers in Iran at 200,000.
License for the first alcohol rehabilitation center granted
- Published: 12 days ago on Monday, 26 August 2013
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: August 26, 2013 @ 3:24 pm
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