Wife becomes drug addict in Dubai after making new friends

Hesham Salah/Dubai
Filed on November 17, 2019
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(Reuters file)

Husband sought help from the Dubai Police's Hemaya International Centre.

Authorities recently came to the rescue of a Dubai resident whose wife had become a drug addict after meeting new friends.

The man sought help from the Dubai Police's Hemaya International Centre as his wife's drug addiction was getting worse by the day.

Their family life was crumbling, she couldn't take care of their kids and, worse, she started threatening that she would get him addicted, too, if he stopped giving her money, the man said.

Colonel Abdullah Matar Al Khayat, director of the Hemaya International Centre, said the man approached them after all his attempts to stop his wife from using drugs failed.

The centre provided all the necessary support to the family and helped the woman get treatment and undergo rehabilitation.

According to the law, no criminal proceedings shall be instituted against any drug addict who voluntarily presents himself or herself for treatment. The same clause applies to addicts whose families have turned them in for rehabilitation.

To support his wife, the man then offered to pay all the debts his wife had incurred after spending a lot of money on drugs.

Signs of addiction

"The family's woes started when the man noticed that his wife had changed drastically," Col Al Khayat said.

She had been going out with a new group of friends, who he believed had introduced her to drugs.

The husband allowed his wife to have fun and travel with her friends. But then she stopped taking care of their house and their children and began asking for more money.

When he noticed that something was off, he searched her belongings and found a prescription. He took a picture of it and showed it to a doctor, who confirmed that it was an addictive substance.

When the man confronted his wife, she responded with threats, and that was when he decided to ask Hemaya for help.

"All parents, husbands and wives must take care of themselves and their families.

Building an environment of respect and honest in the family can help us protect society," Col Al Khayat said.

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