Chained to post in a mosque - tough cure for addicts 
By Marianne Kearney 
STRAITS TIMES INDONESIA BUREAU 

JAKARTA - Drug addicts in a crowded Jakarta kampung are being submitted to one of the toughest drying-out regimes around.

They are being chained to a post in a mosque for weeks on end. 

But the unconventional cure has helped dozens over the past few years as the number of drug abusers in the country has exploded.

Nineteen-year-old Arif does not know how long he has been staying at the Nurul Alam Mosque.

'Long time, I don't know how long,' he mumbled.

He does not remember much because three years of using shabu, the street name of crystal methamphetamine, has taken its toll, said a group of boys near the mosque.

Nor does Arif have much choice in how long he will stay.

He was shackled with chains to a post after his parents brought him to this alternative rehabilitation centre several months ago. 

He shares the floor and the post with another addict, who was sleeping soundly. 

Several other addicts and a few men who are reportedly 'crazy' lie scattered on the floor, shackled either to posts or the verandah wall.

It may appear to be a tough cure for drug addicts but 24-year-old Obi is a smiling testament to its success. 

After eight years of addiction to heroin, he was dragged here by his family in June, handed over to Ustadz Ridwan, the religious teacher who runs the mosque, and tied to a post. 

'At first, I was really angry and craving it,' said Obi, who now has a healthy complexion and a solid build which belies his eight-year addiction. 

'But after three days, it disappeared,' he said of his craving.

Nevertheless, he spent another 40 days shackled to a post.

He was allowed to get up only when he needed to go to the bathroom. 

His day started at 4 am when all the addicts began morning prayers.

'We learn how to strengthen our inner resources with prayer,' he says.

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Do you think drug addicts should be tied to a post to force them out of their addiction?
Chained to post in a mosque - tough cure for addicts

By Marianne Kearney

STRAITS TIMES INDONESIA BUREAU

JAKARTA - Drug addicts in a crowded Jakarta kampung are being submitted to one of the toughest drying-out regimes around.

They are being chained to a post in a mosque for weeks on end.

But the unconventional cure has helped dozens over the past few years as the number of drug abusers in the country has exploded.

Nineteen-year-old Arif does not know how long he has been staying at the Nurul Alam Mosque.

`Long time, I don`t know how long,` he mumbled.

He does not remember much because three years of using shabu, the street name of crystal methamphetamine, has taken its toll, said a group of boys near the mosque.

Nor does Arif have much choice in how long he will stay.

He was shackled with chains to a post after his parents brought him to this alternative rehabilitation centre several months ago.

He shares the floor and the post with another addict, who was sleeping soundly.

Several other addicts and a few men who are reportedly `crazy` lie scattered on the floor, shackled either to posts or the verandah wall.

It may appear to be a tough cure for drug addicts but 24-year-old Obi is a smiling testament to its success.

After eight years of addiction to heroin, he was dragged here by his family in June, handed over to Ustadz Ridwan, the religious teacher who runs the mosque, and tied to a post.

`At first, I was really angry and craving it,` said Obi, who now has a healthy complexion and a solid build which belies his eight-year addiction.

`But after three days, it disappeared,` he said of his craving.

Nevertheless, he spent another 40 days shackled to a post.

He was allowed to get up only when he needed to go to the bathroom.

His day started at 4 am when all the addicts began morning prayers.

`We learn how to strengthen our inner resources with prayer,` he says.

`It`s good here, really good and Ustadz


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19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/2/02 - 12:23:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
oh wow...dam im glad im afraid of needles...and besides i could never do something like that to myself!
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/2/02 - 12:24:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nah just leave them alone, they'll regret it later...
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/2/02 - 12:31:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Do you ever notice how drug addicts are either portrayed glamourously, like John Travolta in Pulp Fiction and like Gia, or just as these absolutely wretched, dirty people shooting up in abandoned warehouses, like they did here? No one ever shows someone just shooting up while watching Friends. It makes you wonder. Well that article is just disturbing. Chaining people to a church? I mean wow, no drug is worth that. And the fact that Indonesia does that to people who are mentally ill for so long is really sad. I guess maybe it works, but you can cut the hands off of jaywalkers and it won't mean that that's a good punishment if jaywalking stops.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/2/02 - 12:35:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
You would think they would cut off a jaywalkers feet....
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/14/02 - 7:12:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
What the hell good would that do!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/14/02 - 7:17:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's brilliant
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 12/30/02 - 4:20:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
dragoneye: tying drug addicts to a pole would be so much more decent than incarcerating them. OUR PRISONS ARE CROWDED ENOUGH!! We need murdererers and rapists there, not people who choose to hurt themselves. We shouldn't waste jail space and our money on dealers either...people have to get drugs somewhere and if they want to buy it, let them do so and don't put harsher laws on dealers.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 12/30/02 - 5:58:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Theres nothin wrong with drugs, you feel that you can exscape reality by drugs go for it. If i choose to damage my own body its nobodys buisness but mine. Just because you do drugs doesnt make you an addict either. Lots of people have there drug of choice and that doesnt make it wrong cause somebody else doesnt agree with it.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 12/30/02 - 6:01:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
but ijordan it is everybody's problem because more drug-addicts means a higher crime-rate. we live in a world of interdependence.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 12/30/02 - 6:05:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
I consider ther aproaach, primative as it is to be addressing the issue more practically than locking people in jails for drug offences and then giving them prescription methadone or Prozac.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 12/30/02 - 6:17:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
Drugs may have somethin to do with crime rate, but not a whole lot. There are alot of other crimes being comiited beside drug related crimes. You CANT go blaming drigs on crime bacause thats just stereotypical(if thats a word). CEO's commiting fraude isbnt because drugs. Bank robberies is for money. Murder has all sorts of motive. To blame crime on drugs is just ignorant. Lots iof people work for there drugs. Your pretty much saying all drug users are low life society abusers wich is incorrect.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 12/30/02 - 1:23:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
i dont really know how to respond to that post ijordan, but i'll try. think about it. when people become addicted to a hard drug, as they invariably do after a long period of regular use, they need to feed that habit by obtaining large amounts of money. a large proportion of drug addicts do not have that kind of cash at their disposal, so, they must commit crimes to get their fix. the crime rate goes up. of course, i'm not saying that drugs are responsible for every crime committed, and i'm definitely not pretty much saying that all drug users are low-life society abusers. that would be ignorant, incorrect and stereotypical.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 12/30/02 - 1:27:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would think being in a mosque would be bad enough.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/2/03 - 2:36:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
No! It's really hard for them as it is!
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/2/03 - 2:36:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
"See, I think drugs have done some *good* things for us, I really do. And if you don't believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor: Go home tonight and take all your albums, all your tapes, and all your cd's and burn em'. Cause you know what? The musicians who've made all that great music that's enhanced your lives throughout the years... RRRRRRRRRRRRReal f*ckin high on drugs." -Bill Hicks 'another dead hero'
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/2/03 - 6:36:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
bill hicks was the best!
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 10/27/04 - 4:18:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
no how would that helpany
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 10/27/04 - 4:37:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
are they animals? how about sending them to a rehabilitation clinic? i just came back from a 3 month stay at one and it worked wonders. plus, making them snap out of it like that could cause some serious damage to their psychological system.
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 10/27/04 - 6:26:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
it's better than what they currently do to rehabilitate addicts. a lot of them leave the clinic to come back to the drugs they use. to IckBee, it might have worked for you, and I'm happy for you, but sometimes the "harsher" treatments work better
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 10/27/04 - 6:30:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
it's "tough love"
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/23/04 - 3:46:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
it sounds cruel but Hey! it cures doesn't it?
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/24/04 - 12:41:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
that's horrible! yea yea yea, i know some of u say you need to be cruel to be kind but seriously, it won't work! there are other ways that don't involve such harsh measures. think bout them 1st b4 u go get the chains.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/17/06 - 4:08:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
Only if they want to.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/14/06 - 1:03:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think we should give this method a try.
15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/8/07 - 12:20:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is a really interesting article - I think people who have never been addicted to anything can have a hard time understanding people who just don't stop. I want to see this documentary!

Addiction: Why Can't They Just Stop?


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