The treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts can be defined as a journey from drug dependence to a healthy, drug - free lifestyle. The process is long and painful. Addicts need maximum assistance and care to be able to abstain from drugs and to break the addictive cycle, hence the need for comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation programmes that conform to the biological, psychological and social needs of individuals. Hence the requirement of a separate specialized and independent centres/hospital for the drug abusing population.
In Pakistan, majority of existing treatment and rehabilitation facilities provide detoxification services only, particularly in the public sector run health facilities, and no rehabilitation programmes exist. All district hospitals are mandated to have one ward exclusively for treatment of drug addicts. These wards however only provide detoxification facilities. Rehabilitation programmes are extremely costly and demand highly motivated people to take care of drug addicts and their particular circumstances. To cater for needs of hundreds of thousands of heroin addicts alone, is beyond the capacity of any organization. Since rehabilitation, particularly in Pakistan, would imply job assessment, job training, job placement, employment etc, the difficulties involved under the given social circumstances are imaginable.
As per section 52 and 53 of CNSA Act 1997 the responsibility for the registration and rehabilitation of drug addicts falls within the purview of the Provincial Government. However to provide quality treatment and meet the growing deficiency of treatment facilities the Anti Narcotics force, has undertaken the following measures:-
MATRC - Islamabad
Model Town, Humak
Burji Stop, Kahuta Road