U.S.-Style Rehabs Take Root in China As Addiction Grows – Maureen Fan

20020430-2.jpgFrom the Washington Post (photo: ’s drugs rehab association members started their session by having a few minutes of silence during the center’s starting days, via Daytop site):

Here outside Kunming, at the Yunnan Daytop Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, a “therapeutic community” approach involves group counseling in a family setting. It is an approach, currently practiced by only a handful of centers in China, that could attract more adherents as this country struggles to curb a burgeoning drug problem, experts say.

The use of drugs in China has been fueled in recent years by unprecedented social change. Experts estimate there are at least 2 million to 3 million drug users in the country. Meanwhile, authorities have reported staggering increases in seizures of drugs.

Yang Maobin (杨茂彬), the director of Daytop, has seen the changes firsthand. [Full Text]

January 18, 2007 8:07 PM
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