Statistics show that 1 out of 6 individuals, runaways from home. This mostly includes teenagers, adults, wives, or either of the family members. Males are more prone to runaway than women. Women are less likely to return after a runaway than men. This is usually because of the toxicity of people. Toxic people are inadequate, and exploitative, and keep causing pain for others. Parents, grandparents, or spouses could inadvertently turn out to be toxic.
Dr. Sadaqat holds certain biological/environmental reasons responsible for runaways. Drug abuse is the most common cause, followed by verbal/physical abuse. Apart from apparent runaways, there are runaways in disguise too, including frequent job switches, children being to boarding schools, and wives visiting and staying at their parents’ house. Runaways usually end up in double jeopardy due to the menace of drug abuse. Children easily fall prey to this menace. They could also plunge into certain immoral and criminal acts.
Parents should strategize with professionals. Runaway has 3 phases: Blast (in which a person runaways), Return (person is welcomed back) and Blast again (person runs away again). A runaway is at his weakest in 2nd phase. Parents should make the most of it to intervene and interrupt the runaway by assertive interaction, empathic listening, and filling the communication gap.
Dr. Sadaqat Ali , a graduate from Dow Medical College, Karachi is a renowned professional in the field of addiction psychiatry. He has a background of getting trained at “HAZELDEN” and “Vital Smarts”, USA. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is the Project Director of Willing Ways Pakistan, and Sadaqat Clinic (pvt.) Limited. He is a sought after speaker who promotes new scientific solutions for persistent and profound problems. Dr. Sadaqat’s name was included in the international Who’s Who directory of professionals which was the first ever distinction of any Pakistani doctor. The print and electronic media have interviewed him extensively. He appears frequently on national TV channels expressing his views on drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, suicide prevention and home runaways. He loves to train people on how to intervene if a family member indulges in self-destructive behaviors. He is running a number of national facilities. Willing ways for outdoor and Sadaqat Clinic for indoor treatment of addiction and alcoholism.
Willing Ways Pakistan is an accredited center of excellence in the field of drug treatment and counseling. We have a history, while we started our operations in 1979 when Pakistan was suddenly hard hit by heroin epidemic. We bravely took the responsibility of making public aware that addiction is very much treatable at any stage and today we stand proud being the trusted leaders in the field of addiction treatment. We have our clientele not only in Pakistan but across the borders as well including UK, USA, Middle East and Europe.
At Willing Ways Pakistan the clients are treated scientifically – the secret of our long lasting standing in the field of addiction and counseling. We keep our team and our program up to date with the latest advancements while helping our clients through extensive, specialized and client centered treatment program. These programs are not only patient focused but an extensive work is done with family through what we call counseling for change. The major purpose of this program is to bring peace and serenity in the lives of those who have been suffering in silence, because of a family member’s addictive behavior. We equip families with a set of vital behaviors to produce results.
The programs are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the patient which eventually help them reach their ultimate goal of a serene life. Our organization comprises of a highly competent team that holds striking credentials and is not only well trained but also carries extensive know – how. We are a unique team of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, Addiction counselors and Medical specialists involved in research and education, and who collaborate with each other within the institute to ensure our clients receive the best possible care.
We are leading the battle to conquer the disease in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches. Our mission is to prevent, treat and manage addiction for a world free of this illness and its complications.