In a significant development, Afghanistan's Anti-Narcotics Department under the Ministry of Interior has reported the transfer of nearly 500 drug-addicted women to various treatment centers across the nation in the last six months. This move aims to address the escalating substance abuse issue among women and children in the country. Haseebullah Ahmadi, the department's head, revealed that this initiative has already provided treatment to 450 women and 250 children during this period.
Challenges in Rehabilitation
Despite these efforts, women undergoing treatment in Kabul have voiced their need for adequate shelter to support their post-addiction life. A 38-year-old woman, identified by the pseudonym 'Ayesha,' currently receiving treatment with her three children at a Kabul center, expressed fear of succumbing back to addiction without proper support systems in place. Her story is not an isolated one - many women at the center share a similar fate.
Factors Driving Addiction
A physician at the facility, Najia, identified economic issues, family problems, psychological stress, and easy access to drugs as the primary causes of addiction. The lack of electricity and water at treatment centers, as highlighted by Shayeesta, the head of a treatment center, adds to the complexities of treating addicts.
Nationwide Addict Population
While the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan does not have recent and accurate data on the number of female addicts in the country, a 2018 analysis estimates that out of 3.5 million addicts, 58,000 are women and children. The Islamic Emirate has expressed intentions to expand trade through railway routes and the Chabahar port, potentially providing more resources for addiction treatment and prevention in the future.