The La Union rehabilitation center will soon welcome all patients

TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION CENTER. The San Fernando La Union Treatment and Rehabilitation Center dormitory will soon be completed by the last quarter of this year. When completed, it can accommodate 100 all-female residential patients. (Photo courtesy of Raymund Basbas)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, La Union – The San Fernando La Union Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (SFLU-TRC), a facility operated by the Department of Health (DOH), aims to open its residential program for female patients by the last quarter of the year.

Raymund Basbas, administrative director of SFLU-TRC, said that once the dormitory is completed, it will be able to accommodate more than 100 residential patients.

“The Dagupan TRC is for all-male residential patients while the SFLU-TRC will soon be for all-female residential patients,” he said in a phone interview on Monday.

Due to the pandemic and the ban on election expenses, the completion of the dormitory has been postponed until the last quarter of this year.

Basbas said they are currently caring for outpatients, both male and female, from La Union province and other nearby provinces in the Ilocos region.

“We currently have six outpatients. Outpatients are categorized as moderate risk while those at high risk are either referred to Dagupan TRC if they are male or Bataan and Nueva Ecija TRC or private facilities for female patients,” he said. declared.

He said the cost of the six-month outpatient treatment was PHP 4,000. But if the patient is indigent, he may pay no amount or only a minimal amount.

Basbas said the stigma attached to entering a rehab center remains a challenge in encouraging drug addicts or other vices to take advantage of the services they offer.

“They’re usually ashamed or afraid of what people will think or say about them or their family, but that shouldn’t be the case,” he said.

He further urged those struggling with addiction to seek rehab.

Residential clients undergo therapeutic community programs for six to 12 months and aftercare monitoring for 18 months per the DOH standard, Basbas said.

“They have daily activities throughout the day to keep them busy, which include reform programs, spiritual improvement and advocacy programs, prepared and supervised by highly equipped doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists,” he said. added. (NAP)

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