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18 - 21 SEP, 2023

Imperial Hotel

Kuching, Malaysia

Calling practitioners & advocates in drug demand reduction & substance use disorder.

Nurses, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health specialists & counselors, community leaders, and anyone involved in or interested in helping keep our communities safe from drugs, this is a NOT-TO-BE-MISSED symposium.

8 Training Tracks

Level up your professional credentials!

Track 1:  UTC 2 – Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: The Continuum of Care

Track 2:  UTC 11 – Enhancing Motivational Interviewing

Track 3:  UTC 14 – Working With Families

Track 4:  UTC 21 – Trauma Informed Care

Track 5:  Recovery Support Services (PEER)

Track 6:  Recovery Support Services (ALLIES)

Track 7:  Introduction to Prevention Science

Track 8:  Train The Trainer - Recovery Support (PEER)

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Distinguised Plenary Speakers

Professor Dato' Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman

President & Pro Vice-Chancellor, Monash University Malaysia. Honorary Professor at University Malaya.  Adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University, USA. Named as one of the Top 20 most influential female scientists in the Muslim World and is possibly the only Malaysian to have been profiled in both The Lancet together with Nobel Laureate, Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi. Served as committee member of various prestigious regional and worldwide organisations such as the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel, the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on HIV, the WHO Science Council, the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society, Commissioner of World Drug Council, etc.

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Professor Igor Koutsenok

Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego. Director of the UCSD Center for Criminality & Addiction Research, Training & Application. VP of International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction. Director of International Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Ukraine. Served as Director of Prevention, Treatment, & Rehabilitation, UNODC. Led the design and implementation of multiple training and technical assistance programs for mental health and addiction treatment practitioners, primary health care and social work practitioners, criminal justice professionals in the United States and around the world. Authored and co-authored over 60 scientific publications, one monograph, and contributed to 5 books.

Global DDR Trainers

Professor Dr. Yatan Pal Singh Balhara

Professor of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Global Master Trainer on drug demand reduction for The Colombo Plan and UNODC. Secretary General of the World Association on Dual Disorders (WADD). Consultant to WHO and UNODC. Coordinator of “BehavioR”- the regional resource hub on behavioral addictions and ‘master’- online resource hub and telehealth portal on Mental Health and Addictive Disorders. Published more than 275 research papers in peer reviewed journals on issues related to addictive disorders and mental health.

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Dr. Danai Indrakamhaeng

Consultant Psychiatrist, Bangkok Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Global Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) Trainer with The Colombo Plan. Authored “The Impact of Exposure to Paraquat, Glyphosate and Chlorpyrifos pesticides on Child’s Neurobehavioral Developmental and Mental Health Effects in all age groups” for the Ministry of Health, Thailand. Co-author of “Recommendations for Health Care Providers in the Treatment of Methamphetamine Use Disorders” by Working Group on Recommendations for Health Care Providers in the Treatment of Methamphetamine Use Disorders, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand. Research publications: “Cognitive impairment in methamphetamine users with recent psychosis: A cross-sectional study in Thailand. Drug and alcohol dependence”, Drug and alcohol dependence, 210, 107961. “Risks of psychosis in methamphetamine users: cross-sectional study in Thailand”. BMJ open, 9(10), e032711.

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Phoenix Awards Gala

Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contribution 

To recognize, honour and celebrate the achievements and contributions of individuals and organizations in the field of drug demand reduction (DDR) and the prevention, treatment and recovery support of Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

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Phoenix RISE Award

To recognize those who have successfully recovered from substance use disorder and living fulfilling lives.

You could be one of the deserving recipients!

Nominate yourself or someone else or an organization that you feel deserves the coveted award.


IRS 2023 Kuching

Reconnect with recovery peers and international DDR professionals, as you share and exchange experiences and new insights.

The Organizers of IRS 2023 Kuching

Social Development Council

Ministry of Women, Early Childhood & Community Wellbeing Development Sarawak.

Organization for Addiction Prevention, Treatment & Rehabilitation

International Society of Substance Use Professionals, Malaysia Chapter

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Phoenix Sponsor

Persatuan Mencegah Dadah Malaysia



Bureau of International Narcotics Law Enforcement Affairs,
US Dept of State

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