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Drug addicts need mental support, wellness for total change: Expert


Muscat – With an aim to train more Omani experts, volunteers and medical practitioners in dealing with drug addicts through wellness and balance, Dr Siddick Maudarbocus, founder and owner of Les Mariannes Wellness Sanctuary – Mauritius, was in Oman recently.

Dr Maudarbocus is credited with developing a unique programme that blends modern medical practice and traditional Eastern medicine. His biography Patients, Patents & Pills: How Wellness Can Save Your Life deals with techniques and case studies of how to control emotions and attain balance in life and relationships.

The book offers a unique insight into his work at Les Mariannes Wellness Sanctuary, a destination that stimulates mind, body and soul. Trained as a general physician, Dr Maudarbocus has 35 years of work experience in the UK, Ireland, Africa and the Middle East.

His recent visit to Muscat was the second in seven years. He is collaborating with Dr Zahra al Harmali, who founded Shuroq al Amal al Alamia in 2015 to rehabilitate drug addicts. Among numerous awards and recognitions, Dr Zahra was winner of Apex Media’s Woman of the Year Award 2020 in the Unsung Heroes category.

Shuroq al Amal al Alamia is a non-profit centre licensed and supervised by the Ministry of Health, registered with the Ministry of Commerce and certified by Royal Oman Police.

Elaborating on his approach to healing patients, Dr Maudarbocus said, “Life is all about balance, and wellness is very important for the balance. Our mind and body function at optimum levels when there is balance in our chemicals, hormones, electrolytes and blood pressure, among other parameters. Our body is like nature that changes with seasons. Hence the main aim is to keep balance both internally and externally.”

Dr Maudarbocus will train volunteers in wellness for patients addicted to drugs. Collaborating with him, Dr Zahra is preparing to offer “something new and exclusive in the country with wellness as the top priority”.

According Dr Maudarbocus, it is important to understand that medicines work for only a limited period of time in individuals of substance abuse.

“They need mental support and wellness for a total change in body and mind. Our approach to rehabilitation is identifying the addict’s talent and qualities, following which we work with them. We also try to remove insecurities. Patients of drug abuse need validation, time and purpose and the professionals treating them require patience and training,” Dr Maudarbocus said.

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