Seeking help for drug addiction and eating disorders in the Middle East

Drug addiction and eating disorders are widespread issues that can affect any person from any country. Although they still have an air of taboo around them in certain parts of the world, seeking help should be the number one priority for anyone struggling with either of these afflictions.

In recent years, as the Middle East has become more open to the rest of the world, problems concerning drug addiction and eating disorders have come to light. Preliminary research found that incidence rates of eating disorders could be higher than in Europe and North America, while dependency on opiates and marijuana is a common problem in many Middle Eastern nations.

However, due to the stigma attached to drug taking, many of the people suffering from addiction refuse to actively seek help. Furthermore, severe punishments for possession of drugs of any kind across many Middle Eastern countries mean that individuals are often too scared to consult with a professional.

Similarly, those suffering from eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia, are often reluctant to seek the help of a professional to tackle the problem head on. While some may be too ashamed to admit they have an issue, others may be completely unaware or simply deny its existence to themselves. 

Whether living in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, or Kuwait, the importance of seeking help for drug addictions and eating orders cannot be overstated. Although it might seem daunting at first, in the long-run it will lead to a happier, healthier, and more enjoyable life.

Here are just a few of the benefits of working with a trained therapist:

Unbiased support

Sometimes, we don’t want to speak with friends or family about our problems. We may be embarrassed or worried about what they will think of us. By speaking to a therapist, it can help us open up and reveal our innermost feelings without fear of being judged. 

We don’t have to worry about cultural or religious stigma, nor do we have to be concerned about anyone outside the session hearing what we’ve said. This can make the process a lot more effective and more likely to help us overcome our problems.

Increased understanding of condition

Professional therapists have usually studied for years in order to understand a range of conditions, including eating disorders and drug addictions. They will often have a deep knowledge of the causes of these conditions, as well as how best to fix them.

While we may be able to gain some understanding via our own research, speaking to a therapist about our conditions is invaluable. This is especially true when we consider that each one of us is unique and, therefore, our problems are unique too. Finding out more about our conditions in relation to our personalities and life experiences can only really be achieved by speaking to someone with in-depth knowledge of the conditions themselves.

Relapse prevention

One of the most common problems for anyone overcoming a drug addiction or eating disorder is relapse. Just as we feel as though we’re moving on, we suddenly start to slip back into our previous, bad habits and end up back at square one. 

Working with a professionally trained therapist can help us devise techniques to prevent relapsing. They can offer advice on what to do when we feel a relapse coming on, as well as useful guidance on how to stop it happening all together.

At Philippe Jacquet & Associates, we offer completely confidential sessions for those suffering with drug addictions and eating disorders. Our knowledge of different countries gained from decades of experience in the sector allow us to be sensitive to all cultural and religious needs, whether in North America or the Middle East.

We operate under a strict code of patient confidentiality, which means we will never reveal anything said to us during consultation or treatment. This helps create a safe environment for all our patients, from the start of therapy to the end.


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