National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad organized a one-day symposium titled “Drug Addiction: From Prevention to Intervention” in collaboration with Hosla Addiction and Psychiatric Treatment Centre and the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP). Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz (President ISSUP-Pakistan Chapter) graced inauguration of the ceremony with his presence, followed by the welcome address of the Director of the National Institute of Psychology, Prof. Dr. Rubina Hanif. Organizers of the symposium, Dr. Naeem Aslam and Dr. Jamil Malik, presented keynote addresses in which an overview of prevention and intervention of drug abuse and drug abuse in youth were discussed.
Experimental studies articulated the effectiveness of mindfulness-based relapse prevention and compassion-focused therapy in the treatment of drug abuse. The remaining papers focused on the psychological process of individuals with drug abuse and their caregivers. Symposium also included a poster presentation competition. Junaid Ghazali, the MPhil scholar of the National Institute of Psychology, won the poster competition. The title of the poster was “Stress and Problematic Online Gaming Mediating Between FOMO and Parent-Child Conflict Among Students: Moderating Role of Communication Pattern”. The purpose of the symposium was to highlight the causes, prevention, and intervention plans for the youth of Pakistan. The ceremony ended with a thank you note by the Director and the distribution of shields and certificates to participants and guests.