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There are numerous specialists and organizations that can offer helpful guidance and support for addiction treatment. Some of the top experts in addiction treatment might be:

    • Addiction counselors and therapists: These specialists in addiction recovery may employ a range of therapeutic modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy or motivational interviewing.
    • Addiction psychiatrists: These physicians can give medicine to help manage withdrawal symptoms or other addiction-related problems since they have received training in diagnosing and treating addiction.
    • Peer support groups: Those who have experienced similar issues with addiction might offer helpful support and counsel in groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
    • Addiction treatment centers: These institutions offer a variety of services, like as counseling, medication management, and support groups, to assist people in overcoming addiction.
    • Online support groups and resources: There are numerous online groups and tools that can offer guidance and assistance to people who are battling with addiction.  It’s crucial to keep in mind that different people could benefit from various forms of support and that what works for one person might not work for another. It’s crucial to weigh your alternatives and choose the support that feels the most beneficial to you.

The MEDI Foundation Student society, in partnership with the TRNC government’s ADDICTION CONSULTANCY AND SUPPORT program, provides a helpline service for those who experience mental stress, addiction or psychological problems.

Please call ALO 1191 Information and Support Line, which is available 24/7 for professional help if you are experiencing any of the above situations and want to help someone you know.



As communities across the world continue to grapple with the impact of COVID-19, the affects on mental health has become a growing concern. Stress and anxiety continue to increase for everyone, especially university students in the TRNC. A study conducted by the World Health Organization during the first wave of the pandemic found that 93% of the country surveyed had interruptions in one or more critical mental health services. Across Europe, 40% of participating countries reported worse outcomes with closure of three out of four mental health services. This has had a negative effect on 84 million people with mental health problems.

This causes undesirable consequences such as mental stress and other psychological problems, fear of infection, loneliness, loss of income and general anxiety about the future in Northern Cyprus, as in the whole world. This situation can become even more alarming for students where the school is not only a learning platform but also an ideal environment for socializing, relaxation, entertainment and friendship.


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