The Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality operates via the Municipal Branch for the Treatment and Fight Against Drugs in three key area: prevention and advocacy, treatment and rehabilitation and assistance through law enforcement.
The prevention program focuses primarily on youth at risk and schools whose educational level is low (working youth and youth who do not study or work).
The city’s five rehabilitations treat adult addicts, from the stage of initial detection and diagnosis to the final stage of occupational and employment rehabilitation. The Israel Police, in cooperation with the municipal branch, operates two special law enforcement units that specialize in the prevention of juvenile delinquency.
With the close aid of the Division for the Promotion of Youth, prevention programs for youth at risk are operated across the city. The programs include: production of videos about drug abuse, sports groups as occupational therapy, music groups, animal treatment groups and more. Additionally, there is an active parents group for parents of adolescents.
Rehabilitation, Treatment & Occupational Rehabilitation
The five municipal treatment centers are located in the Tikvah neighborhood, Jaffa, Neve Eliezer, the city’s center and the city north-west area.
The centers work to locate the addicts, adapt them to personalized treatment, refer them to physical rehabilitation and provide them with psychosocial therapy and occupational rehabilitation. Every year, the centers treat approximately 400 drug addicts.
Additionally, there are two municipal day centers, in which the patients acquire work and discipline habits in preparation for their return to normal daily life and routine. An occupational coordinator helps recovered patients find appropriate employment and/or integrate in professional courses. The duration of the stay in the centers is six months for each patient.
The Units for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency
The Israel Police operates volunteer groups who man the Units for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency. The groups operate all across the area and deal in locating and detecting drug-abusing youth, alcohol selling to minors, acts of violence, bullying and driving under the influence. There are approximately 840 volunteers who work for the units.
The N.A. Organization
The Narcotics Anonymous Organization operates municipal shelters across the city. The organization consists of 30 groups that get together every evening in order to partake in supportive activities among addicts and their families.
The Al-Sam Non-Profit Organization Branch in Tel Aviv treats adolescents who abuse drugs and are referred by the police, their parents or school counselors. Every year, Al-Sam treats approximately 250 of the city’s adolescents. For more details, please contact the organization at: 03-5462076
Treatment of Alcohol Abusers
The Municipal Authority for Addictions operates a unit for treatment of alcohol abusers at 45 Shderot Yerushalayim Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo.