BANGI, March 7, 2023 – A total of 150 participants from various backgrounds were gathered through the Private Drug Rehabilitation Center Best Practices Treatment Symposium (PPDP) which is organized to empower the practice of psychospiritual therapy in the treatment of drug abuse.
The closing opening ceremony was officiated by the Honorable Senator Dato’ Setia Dr. Haji Mohd Na’im Haji Mokhtar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), at the Datuk Mohd Shahir Hall, Institut Latihan Islam Malaysia, Bangi, today.
This PPDP Best Practices Symposium is a platform that brings together practitioners of Islamic psycho-spiritual drug rehabilitation centers, counseling practitioners, NGO leaders, academics and representatives from government agencies who are directly and indirectly involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of substance and drug abuse in Malaysia.
The main objective of the PPDP Best Practices Symposium is to empower Islamic-based treatment and rehabilitation methods that are being practiced in drug abuse counseling and treatment centers throughout Malaysia.
In his speech, YB Senator Dato’ Setia Dr. Haji Mohd Na’im Haji Mokhtar said that “the integration of Naqli and Aqli knowledge is very necessary in the effort to guide, treat and rehabilitate drug abusers and drug patients because it is seen to be able to help self-transformation in understanding the purpose of life in the world and the role and responsibility as the caliph of Allah”.
“The approach in drug treatment and rehabilitation needs to be based on a scientific approach supported by Islamic religious teachings so that it is more strategic and comprehensive and involves all levels of society, government agencies, the private sector, and Islamic Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in order to find the best treatment methods and practices,”, he adds.
Meanwhile, USIM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Sharifudin Md Shaarani said, the organization of this symposium is expected to be a stimulus for the sharing of ideas and best practices to offer more effective and holistic drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation, as well as be beneficial to the community.
“I am very confident that all the participants have benefited a lot from all the filling and sharing that has been going on for these 2 days. I also really hope that all interested parties will be able to prepare guidelines or manuals that meet the standards for Islamic-based private drug rehabilitation treatment centers (PPDP) in Malaysia soon”, he added.
This symposium is jointly organized by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), the Selangor Islamic Religious Council, the Asian Center for Research on Drug Abuse (ACREDA) of the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) and the Malaysian Association of Drug Addiction Counselors (MADAC).
Noorumaina Mohamed Yunus
Pusat Komunikasi Strategik (StraComm)
Aras 1, Canselori Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
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