The Qatari Forum for Authors held a new session on the occasion of the International Day against Substance Abuse, with the aim of raising awareness and focusing on the role of families in providing protection to children. During the session, which was presented by Ms. Maryam Yassin Al Hammadi, Director General of the Forum,
Dr. Sharifa Al-Amadi, Executive Director of the Doha International Institute for Family Studies, and Professor Myssa Al-Amadi, Director of the Department of Therapeutic and Psychological Services at the Nofer Centre for Addiction Treatment, each of them reviewed the causes and motives that could fall into the clutches of modern-day drug addiction and offered solutions to avoid falling into this dangerous slip.
Professor Maryam Al-Hamadi began the session by emphasizing that such effectiveness was part of the Forum’s interaction with various national and international events by hosting a number of specialists in various fields. The Forum would like to highlight the important role of the family as the foundation for preventing children from turning away from the right paths and guiding them to success. In this context, she congratulated the Doha International Institute for Family Studies for winning the Family Friendly Centers Award at the level of Arab countries.
At the beginning, Dr. Sharifa Al-Emadi spoke about what the institute offers, she explained that it was preparing research on best practices to raise awareness among the community about drug damage. She stressed that they were focusing on the role of the family. She pointed out that the work she had completed with the Nover Centre had been carried out in accordance with well-thought-out plans, initially to monitor the causes of deviations leading to addiction, in order to achieve prevention as the best treatment. Thus, a program was developed based on a different speech than usual, which might not prevent children and young people from entering the world of addiction, noting that it was only after the different experiences of many countries around the world had been learned and taken advantage of when adapted to our society.
Noting that they were in the process of developing the program, they had intended to find a questionnaire before and after the experiment. The results of the tribal questionnaire had focused on protection factors and risk factors in order to educate children to live positively without direct guidance, she noted that the questionnaire had been conducted on a sample of 1157 children aged 12 to 14 from several government schools, especially to identify the behavior of children and highlight their problems and presented some questions and the rates of their answers.
She said: We concluded that it is important to spend as much time as possible with our children and the need for children to be satisfied with their relationship with their parents, while obtaining emotional support from them. Lack of monitoring led to a child’s sense of neglect and, consequently, a lower sense of self-esteem. She highlighted that parents’ preoccupation in working life would only lead to poor consequences, noting that it was important to feed the mind and give children good behavior together, so that they would not drift out of the right path after a period of positive behavior. By moving away from the family to study, for example, she said that it was important to establish rules for children to deal with life externally, with good models to follow. She also mentioned the importance of sharing children’s concerns and having a constant dialogue with them. Teaching children on the right principles made them look for comrades who look like them, stressing that one of the most important risk factors driving children into addiction was smoking drift.
For her part, Myssa Hussain spoke of the importance of the dialogue that parents should have with children, stressing that the lack of such dialogue naturally affects their ethics and behavior, which makes them resort to life outside the family wall, where it is easy to run into bad friends. She pointed out that in modern times, the family gathering has become rare and this is having a negative impact on children’s ethics, pointing out that simply making friends outside the family suggests problematic issues in their lives. She said that the absence of the father’s guidance leads to future children falling into the clutches of exploitation by their older friends.
She also explained that the parents’ preoccupation with work may provide them with material support, which is not enough if the children lose a sense of safety. She also talked about the importance of instilling the conscience in the children’s conscience, which can turn them away from some temptations, Hence the importance of self-censorship along with family oversight, with the need to create a state of order in the lives of their children and to set the rules that they must follow while solving the problems of family disintegration, because of their negative impact on children, and she said that the different types of children sometimes necessitate The necessity of changing the methods of education from one child to another within the same family, taking into account the individual differences between the sisters, and she also stressed that the companions have a great impact on the children’s personality, which sometimes pushes them to try to keep up with them, and indicated that this requires dialogue with the family in order not to fall into that matter.