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Publish Date: 29-12-2013 | A- A A+

The Strategic Plan

2010 marked a new phase in the history of Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation Center. A strategic plan was set to move from a center providing addiction treatment services to a leading center launching large-scale and high quality treatment and education programs for the benefit of all community segments. Intended mainly to address the phenomenon of drug addiction menacing the community, 2010 Strategic Plan concentrates on the following priorities:

  • Provide preventive and health aware-raising services based on the latest researches an studies;
  • Increase NRC capacity to meet the current and future needs;
  • Provide addiction treatment services to all community segments;
  • Reintegrate rehabilitated persons back into community;
  • Recruit, provide professional development to new hires and retain people with high skills and expertise; and
  • Improve efficiency and achieve excellence in operation management.

One year later, NRC was awarded ISO 9001 in recognition of effective implementation of 2010 Strategic Plan. It will continue to provide high quality services and to deploy quality system to win ISO certificate each year.

Agreements, Partnerships and MOUs

It is to the credit of Abu Dhabi National Rehabilitation Center that it was able to make several agreements, partnerships and memoranda of understanding in a relatively short time of its journey. It established a partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London to provide a specialized training program on addiction and drug sciences. It signed an MOU with UN Office on Drugs & Crime to establish NRC as a regional reference office to reduce narcotics demand. Another MOU was signed with McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School; under this MOU, NRC is committed to applying drug treatment programs in alignment with the international standards recognized by international centers of excellence for the study of drug abuse in order to get the international accreditation of healthcare facilities. Moreover, it entered into partnership with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in UAE Universities for mutual coordination and cooperation in the academic forums, training programs and the scientific researches on medical area and psychiatric rehabilitation. IN 2012, NRC signed an MOU with US Matrix Institute under which NRC will be provided with training services and enabled to realize its vision to become accredited in providing outpatient treatment services in line with Matrix model.

In addition, other achievements were made by NRC. In 2007, NRC organized UAE International Conference on Addiction. In cooperation with ‘UAE House’ program launched in 2006 by Emirates Foundation, NRC opened a new facility to treat, help and rehabilitate people suffering from chronic disorders as a result of alcohol and substance dependence for social inclusion. NRC participated in the National Drug Awareness Campaign ‘Yes to Life’. It also collaborated with ‘Ishraq’ Program launched in 2009 by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development; the program offers Emiratis who have recovered from drug addiction the opportunity to enter the business sector and reintegrate into society. In 2010, NRC launched an academic seminar on drug addict treatment in the correctional centers.

Further Progress

In 2012, the National Rehabilitation Center received double the number of patients compared with 2011. It is a good indicator showing that NRC has become a reliable source of addiction treatment; in addition to the inpatients, it provides significant services to outpatients who do not suffer from severe addiction levels to become residential patients.
NRC offers the following treatment programs:

  • Secondary & Relapse Prevention Program: It aims to reinforce treatment results and stop drug-induced effect through weekly sessions for inpatients and individual sessions for outpatients.
  • Fawasel: It is a school-based prevention program designed to protect school students (young and teenagrs) against risky behaviors that may lead to any kind of addiction.
  • Family-based Prevention Program: It leverages the family role to oversee and monitor the patients’ conditions and to re-instill the good values and sense of social responsibility in them.
  • Work-based Prevention Program: It involves integrated intervention to ward off potential drug and substance abuse, post-addiction stigma minimization and co-workers’ support.
  • Community Mobilization Program: It is intended to provide an understanding social environment that can protect, support and care for addicts under treatment to reinforce the patients’ recovery and inclusion.


Addicts in need of treatment face some challenges and obstacles including:

  • Social stigma,
  • Fear of prosecution,
  • Ignorance of treatment availability,
  • Inability to access treatment,
  • Hopelessness: lack of confidence in treatment effectiveness and success, and
  • Legislative ignorance: People are unaware that NRC is fully authorize to intervene in cases of drug and substance abuse and to protect, maintain the privacy of and provide safety and security to its patients under Law No. (7) of 2010.

To overcome these challenges, NRC follows a research program derived from and aligned with its Strategic Plan; it conducts comprehensive and diverse researches including clinical and transitional researches, adopts addiction science development, cooperates with local and international academic institutions, raises awareness on public health and addiction prevention programs as well improves treatment services and solutions.

Training Programs

The National Rehabilitation Center always seeks to provide professional development programs to enhance its people’ skills. These programs include:

  • Psychological Skills & Efficiency Training: It is WHO regional training on substance abuse diagnosis and intervention; it is based on service program, Matrix model, external care and semi-synthetic opioid treatment.
  • Early Intervention Program: It is based on early diagnosis for patients with low addiction severity.
  • Discipline-based Program: Realizing the importance of nursing in providing care and treatment, NRC designed a comprehensive program to develop the professional nursing capabilities. Currently, NRC is developing a Master’s Degree program in addiction nursing in cooperation with some international universities.


To enhance its training and treatment services, NRC established many partnerships. Locally, a range of Abu Dhabi governmental and semi-governmental entities were targeted including Family Development Foundation, Abu Dhabi Education Council, Social Support Center of Ministry of Interior, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science-UAE University, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and Emirates Foundation Takatof Program for Social Volunteering. Internationally, key organizations associated with addiction treatment were partnered including Harvard University-affiliated McLean Hospital, King’s College London – Department of Psychology, UN Office on Drugs & Crime, US Matrix Institute and Colombo Plan Office.


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