Come next month one
rehabilitation centre will be embarking
on an aggressive education campaign
to enlighten employers across
Barbados about drug addiction and
how they could obtain help for
Marietta Carrington, director for
human resource, communication
and client development at Verdun
House, said this should help
employees keep their job.
She told Barbados TODAY,
this education campaign should also
result in better positioning employers
to help former drug addicts re-enter
Carrington said the organization
was “far along in ensuring that we
start to role it out in a structured
way in February”.
“We are developing a programme to work with
employers so that they can be more helpful to
individuals who are coming back into the workplace
and try and remove some of the stigma attached,”
“We know that addiction doesn’t just [affect] the
fellows on the street. Our chief executive officers,
chief financial officers and our doctors and pilots,
some of them have issues as well. It is just that they
can afford to go to Miami or somewhere else and
get their treatment and come back and function.
We want to create the same opportunities for our
men, young and not so young, who may not be able
to go abroad for treatment,” said Carrington.
She said for individuals who were seeking
treatment at Verdun House it was “a good thing
because it is saying that they have a problem and
they are seeking to do something about it”.
Verdun House is a drug rehabilitation facility
for men 18 years and older. It is operated by the
Substance Abuse Foundation Inc., a registered
charitable organization established in 1996 by
a group of concerend citizens. In addition to
treatment, Verdun House also offers professional
services to clients through a one year
Carrington said the St John facility was about
to be audited by the Technical and Vocational
Education Training (TVET) Council to make it
“a second chance institution”.
“The organization is working with the Caribbean
Examination Council (CXC) and the TVET Council
to take some of the programmes we have and
fashion them in such a way that our clients can be
trained in specific areas . . . and that is about
to take off,” reported Carrington.
Through the partnership the rehabilitation centre
will provide training and development opportunities,
including CXC subjects and Caribbean Vocational
Qualifications, in a number of areas linked to the
organization’s micro-business programme.
Verdun House is accredited by the European
Association for Treatment of Addictions (EATA)
and is currently seeking accreditation through the
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation
Facilities (CARF) in the United States.