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This is the Insan Center for Youth where Iskandar is a volunteer. It is one of the only inpatient drug rehabilitation facilities in Lebanon's refugee camps. Nimr's story, intimately tied up with that of Insan, is in some ways emblematic of subtle changes happening in the way that drug addiction is addressed – both in the Palestinian camps and in Lebanon generally.A former commander in the Burj al-Barajneh Palestinian security forces, Nimr first encountered the building that now houses the center when it was a prison. As an inpatient center, Insan also has a dorm building with 13 beds and a simple medical center.Despite the progress made by the staff and patients at Insan, the problems that Nimr and his colleagues face throughout Burj al-Barajneh and elsewhere are massive – and often beyond the scope of rehabilitation services.Despite the challenges, other organizations like Skoun are working both to destigmatize drug treatment and provide their own services.Qassem Saad, chairman of Naba'a – a community development organization focusing on youth – highlighted another important element of tackling the issue. He said while many people believe that the best way of solving these problems is through rehabilitation, practically implementing this can be difficult.
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