Apart from providing treatment for individuals with addiction and their families, and community and youth education on addiction prevention, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Integrated Centre on Addiction Prevention and Treatment (ICAPT) focuses on the research and exploration of the problems of multiple addiction by scientific methods and objective views. Through data collection, analysis and systematic research, valuable insights on addiction treatment are gained. In order to enhance the service standard in helping the individuals with addiction and their families, expects to develop an effective model of multiple addiction treatment and prevention.

(1) Research on the development of effective clinical model

There is a paucity of research and practical experience on multiple addiction in the Chinese community. Thus, ICAPT contributes to the development of a multiple addiction treatment model suited to local characteristics and specific needs and establishment of solid guidelines. This research aims to assess the effectiveness of current treatment approaches. With strong theoretical, empirical and practical foundations, the results will assist the implementation of a clinical model, as well as generation of professional training programs to enhance the service standard of local addiction treatments.

(2) Research on the development of effective youth prevention programs on addictions

Our emphasis, in addition to treatment, includes prevention. Current prevention programs on addiction focus mainly on problems of one addiction only. In view of this, we will have collaborative research with a local university to develop a more comprehensive prevention program which is effective on different prevention levels

(a) Primary prevention

This prevention program targets student from Primary 5-6 (a non-high-risk group), focusing on strengthening their resilience and reducing the chances of addiction. Scientific methods will be used to assess the effectiveness of the program.

(b) Secondary prevention

This longitudinal study, targeting youths whose parents have addiction problems (a high-risk group), intends to reduce the risk factors of addiction and strengthen protective factors processed by them, in turn reducing the risks for developing addictions.