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Focus on Skoun, an unusual NGO

Skoun is committed to bringing life, health and hope to drug users and their families through a sustainable treatment model for Lebanon and the Arab region. Based in Monnot, Skoun held its 6th gala dinner in Sursock Palace a few days ago. This is the occasion to highlight this unusual NGO.

Skoun aims to help people with addiction problems claim their lives by providing a nonjudgmental and caring environment of client-centered treatment and counseling. We deliver the tools and information necessary to reduce the harm caused by drug use and we advocate for drug policy change and increased public awareness and education regarding addiction.

A non-profit, Lebanese organization and the first outpatient therapeutic facility in Lebanon that offers prevention and treatment to drug users, Skoun was Established in 2001 and legally registered in 2003. Its activities have, since, primarily focused on the following areas of interest:

Treatment: Skoun established the first outpatient center in Lebanon. Every year, more than 120 patients benefit from the various services including but not limited to: individual counseling, group therapy, family support, follow-up, substitution treatment, HIV and Hepatitis testing and treatment, and other medical care.

Prevention: Skoun supports and prepares Lebanese schools and community centers, at both the primary and secondary levels, in adopting and implementing a life skills education and substance abuse prevention program targeting youth ages 12-14. Skoun recognizes recreational drug use among youth and is very active in drug education for youth ages 16- 25, providing them with sound information and advice on safe use through its ‘Know More, Risk Less’ Program.

The gala dinner this year celebrated Skoun’s achievements with optimism for the year ahead. In 2011, Skoun welcomed 123 new patients, delivered treatment to 214 individuals, and presented awareness sessions and interactive workshops in 12 more schools to reach a total of more than 3246 students in the 2011-2012 academic year.

“Last year at this time we announced our objective to open a new center in Chiyah. Today we proudly announce that this center is now open, with the help of the Drosos Foundation,” said Nadya Mikdashi, Skoun Executive Director and Co-founder. “It is tonight that we are celebrating this achievement, along with the remarkable difference that we have been able to make in the lives of the many people who benefit from Skoun’s extensive activities. Through our treatment services, and awareness and education programs, we are improving the lives of many”.

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Skoun is committed to bringing life, health and hope to drug users and their families through a sustainable treatment model for Lebanon and the Arab region. Based in Monnot, Skoun held its 6th gala dinner in Sursock Palace a few days ago. This is the occasion to highlight this unusual NGO.

Skoun aims to help people with addiction problems claim their lives by providing a nonjudgmental and caring environment of client-centered treatment and counseling. We deliver the tools and information necessary to reduce the harm caused by drug use and we advocate for drug policy change and increased public awareness and education regarding addiction.

A non-profit, Lebanese organization and the first outpatient therapeutic facility in Lebanon that offers prevention and treatment to drug users, Skoun was Established in 2001 and legally registered in 2003. Its activities have, since, primarily focused on the following areas of interest:

Treatment: Skoun established the first outpatient center in Lebanon. Every year, more than 120 patients benefit from the various services including but not limited to: individual counseling, group therapy, family support, follow-up, substitution treatment, HIV and Hepatitis testing and treatment, and other medical care.

Prevention: Skoun supports and prepares Lebanese schools and community centers, at both the primary and secondary levels, in adopting and implementing a life skills education and substance abuse prevention program targeting youth ages 12-14. Skoun recognizes recreational drug use among youth and is very active in drug education for youth ages 16- 25, providing them with sound information and advice on safe use through its ‘Know More, Risk Less’ Program.

The gala dinner this year celebrated Skoun’s achievements with optimism for the year ahead. In 2011, Skoun welcomed 123 new patients, delivered treatment to 214 individuals, and presented awareness sessions and interactive workshops in 12 more schools to reach a total of more than 3246 students in the 2011-2012 academic year.

“Last year at this time we announced our objective to open a new center in Chiyah. Today we proudly announce that this center is now open, with the help of the Drosos Foundation,” said Nadya Mikdashi, Skoun Executive Director and Co-founder. “It is tonight that we are celebrating this achievement, along with the remarkable difference that we have been able to make in the lives of the many people who benefit from Skoun’s extensive activities. Through our treatment services, and awareness and education programs, we are improving the lives of many”.

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