Bi-Monthly Webinar: ISSUP Nigeria Knowledge Update Series

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The first session of ISSUP Nigeria's Knowledge Update Series will focus on experience and challenges in delivering drug demand reduction interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic, capacity building on evidence-based substance abuse prevention and treatment interventions, and the way forward.

A panel discussion will be presented, during which each of the panelists will have 5 minutes to make general remarks on the topic as it affects their institutions. This will be followed by a question and answer session with attendees.


Panelist 1

Dr. Oliver Stolpe

UNODC Country Representative in Nigeria

He has been serving as UNODC’s Representative in Nigeria since late 2018. Joined UNODC in 1999 as an anti-corruption expert and helped in establishing its Global Programme against Corruption as well as its Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative where he served as Senior Legal Advisor from 2012-2014. Since then, he has served in different capacities. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Würzburg in Germany.

Panelist 2

Joyce Oluwatoyin Titus-Awogbuyi

Director, Drug Demand Reduction

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

Holds a B.Sc. degree in Sociology and M.Ed (Guidance & Counselling) with over 30 years of experience in drug control particularly in drug demand reduction

Panelist 3

Dr. Salaudeen Olawale Jimoh

Director in charge of Drug Demand Reduction/Harm Reduction

Federal Ministry of Health

Panelist 4

Dr. William Nkereuwem Ebiti

National Coordinator, Community Intervention Network on Drugs (CIND), Focal Point West African Drug Policy Network, Global Trainer Drug Demand Reduction, Master trainer TREATNET, National Trainer UPC and UTC, Head, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Education & Research Unit, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Kaduna, Nigeria




Moderator 1

Dr. Martin Osayande Agwogie

National President, ISSUP Nigeria Chapter

Founder/Executive Director Global Initiative on Substance Abuse (GISA), an Asst. Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States, A Global trainer Drug Demand Reduction, TREATNET Master Trainer, National Coordinator UPC in Nigeria & UTC National Trainer

Moderator 2

Dr. Bawo Onesirosan James

Publicity Secretary/Mobilization ISSUP Nigeria Chapter

Executive Director Manifold Rehabilitation Foundation. He is a National Trainer on the UTC, Master Trainer TREATNET and UNODC Focal Point Training and Head, Substance Abuse Treatment Education and Research Unit, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Benin-City, Nigeria




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Bright Oniovokukor

The global effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in lots of innovations with positive and negative consequences. The positive consequence is the new ideas and business opportunities created.

Motivational Interviewing Course: Assisting Patients in Making Sustainable Positive Lifestyle Changes

We invite you to register for this free webinar-based training course on Motivational Interviewing (MI). The three week long series is presented by Igor Koutsenok, MD, MS, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry.

Igor Koutsenok ISSUP Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is an essential, client-centered, counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. We are absolutely thrilled to bring you this skills-building opportunity presented by a recognized expert in the field of MI.

The course consists of four sessions to be held during June 2020 (see course descriptions and session dates below).

We highly encourage registration for all sessions.

Course Description

This is a training in evidence-based clinical methods of motivational interviewing (MI). After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationships in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.     

Course Objectives

The goal is to provide knowledge and practical skill training for various practitioners on effective ways to enhance motivation of patients with substance use disorders that require significant behavioral changes to initiate and sustain positive and healthy behavioral choices. Skill building, and experiential training will be emphasized throughout the course by exercises to develop a therapeutic alliance with patients, assess patient needs, level of engagement in treatment process, structure treatment sessions, select appropriate interventions, and assist patient in maintaining motivation for a sustainable behavioral change.

Participants will learn the basic and advanced skills in motivational interviewing and strategies for engaging patients in collaborative relationship in treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. The course will:

  1. Help participants to acquire a systemic perspective of motivational interviewing and other motivational enhancement strategies;
  2. Build necessary clinical skills and attitudes to implement new strategies in working with ambivalent patients.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, every participant will be able to:

  1. Describe all the aspects of the spirit of MI
  2. Explain the differences between MI and other counselling strategies
  3. Demonstrate the ability to respond to clients with reflective listening statements
  4. Identify change talk within client speech
  5. Generate open questions designed to elicit change talk
  6. Generate MI-consistent responses to client resistant statements
  7. Differentiate commitment language from other forms of change talk
  8. Provide and empathetic summary statements collecting change talk

Course Content, Dates & Registration

Session 1: Thursday June 4th 2020

Motivational Interviewing: Basic Understanding

After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduction: Motivation and behavioral change in addiction medicine
  • Review of the concepts of Ambivalence, Stages of change, the righting reflex, limits of persuasion.
  • Spirit of MI
  • Expressing empathy
  • Roadblocks to communication
  • Four Processes in MI

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

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Session 2: Thursday June 11th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI - OARS

This session will focus on Fundamental Skills in MI (OARS), providing practical exercises to help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Participants will learn strategies for engaging patients in a collaborative relationship in the treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.    

Learning outcomes:

  • Open and closed ended questions
  • Affirmations
  • Summaries
  • Rowing with OARS

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

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Session 3: Thursday June 18th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI Continued

This third session will continue to focus on MI fundamentals, with a focus on more advanced skills and the integration of MI with other strategies and treatment modalities. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes.       

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognition and responding to change talk and sustain talk
  • Forming reflections
  • Levels of reflections
  • Recognizing readiness
  • Initial and intermediate planning
  • Integration with other skills and strategies

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

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Session 4: Friday June 19th 2020

The fourth and final session will continue to build on MI Fundamentals covered in Session 3, increasing your knowledge of advanced MI skills.

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

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We look forward to you joining us for these virtual sessions! Please contact info [at] issup [dot] net if you have any questions.

About Professor Koutsenok

Dr. Igor Koutsenok is а Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Director of the Center for Addiction Research, Training and Application, Director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR International Addiction Technology Transfer Center-Ukraine, and a co-director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR South East Asia Addiction Technology Transfer Center. He is also a Vice-President of the International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction.

In 1983 he graduated as a medical doctor from the National Medical University in Kiev, (Ukraine). In 1986, he completed his psychiatry residency training and received degree as psychiatrist from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1993-1996 he received a degree in addiction psychiatry at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School. In 1996, he was recruited by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and since then he serves as faculty member of the Department. In 2013-2016 he served as Chief of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Office in Vienna.

Over the last 25 years Dr. Koutsenok 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. He is also directing the UCSD Summer Clinical Institute - the second longest running Summer Institute in the United States (over 40 years). Dr. Koutsenok is also a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). 

For many years, Dr. Koutsenok taught general and addiction psychiatry to medical students, psychiatry residents, psychology trainees, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers around the world. He is a recipient of numerous national and international awards. He has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific publications, one monograph, and contributed to 4 book. Dr. Koutsenok has been invited as a presenter and trainer to hundreds of conferences and workshops in the USA and more than 40 countries around the world. He is a proud father of three.

ISSUP Nigeria Newsletter – 2nd Edition

ISSUP Nigeria has released its second newsletter!

In this edition, the Chairman Board of Trustees shed some light on plans of ISSUP Nigeria chapter among other initiatives of the chapter.

The newsletter also provides detailed report on the launch of ISSUP Nigeria Chapter and collaborative partners.

The publication also includes a list of ongoing activities by members as well as upcoming events under the news column.


Press Statement - Substance Use Prevention and Treatment in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ref: ISSUPNC/01/ADM/VOL.1/004  May 11, 2020


We are an umbrella group of professionals dedicated to the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders among Nigerians. With over 14 million people who use different psychoactive substances in Nigeria, the burden of substance use is great and concerted efforts are required to reverse the worsening rate of substance use problems in the country.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented governments around the world with significant challenges to their economy, health administration and specifically prevention and treatment of substance use problems. Particularly worrisome to us, as an association, is the fact that measures put in place to tackle the pandemic and reverse it, inadvertently increase the risk for the burden of substance use problems because:

• Isolation and physical distancing may limit access to treatment and aftercare

• Lockdowns may increase the number of persons who hitherto had no problems developing substance use problems

• Mental health problems may trigger or worsen substance use problems, arising from fears about the uncertainty of global economies and rising job losses, homelessness and insecurity

• Physical distancing may promote loneliness and lead to relapse

• Prevention strategies are difficult to implement and sustain in this pandemic

As a result of the following, ISSUP Nigeria encourages:

• Professionals to embrace e-health or tele-health approaches during these times

• Clients and support groups to take advantage of support available online

• Government to continue with policy reform and legislative activity that would strengthen substance use prevention and treatment in Nigeria

• Government and the general public to be vigilant and help to mitigate risk factors that could expose individuals to substance use during and after the pandemic.

ISSUP Nigeria would continue to ensure that her members provide ethical and evidence-based treatment strategies in pursuit of holistic care for persons with substance use disorders as well as prevention. We pledge our support to the government in providing drug treatment to persons who use drugs and are in any of the COVID-19 isolation centres in Nigeria.

Dr. Martin O. Agwogie

National President

Sunday Kayode Adeoye

KWARA ARISE AGAINST DRUG ABUSE is a Drug Abuse Prevention, Awareness campaign and Sensitization program across the 16 Local Government in Kwara State which we are partnering The office of the First Lady Kwara State.

From : - To:
10:00 pm
04:00 pm
Kwara State, Nigeria. Nigeria
Sunday Kayode Adeoye

Option2world Initiative Against Drug Abuse is a Non-Governmental organization located in kwara State, Nigeria. Our objective are: Drug Abuse Prevention, Consultancy, Counseling, and Sensitization program in Nigeria schools and Communities.

Access to Drug Treatment Services in Nigeria: The Challenge of Addiction Workforce

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Presenters: Drs. Chia Francis and Mashika Esther

This webinar will illuminate the level of drug use in Nigeria, efforts made so far to address access to drug abuse treatment services in Nigeria, and details of a study regarding access to treatment.

Thursday June 4th 2020
Time: 11 AM BST / 6 AM EDT

Attitudes towards Cough Syrup Abuse: A Study of Adolescents in Southwest, Nigeria

One area of substance misuse among adolescents that is currently a problem, and has not been fully understood in the Nigerian context is the attitudes of adolescents towards cough syrup abuse. Thus, to inform policy actions for reducing cough syrup abuse among Nigerian adolescents, this study explored the attitudes of adolescents towards cough syrup abuse in two Southwest states of Nigeria, where substance abuse is rampant.

By a stratified sampling method, 302 adolescents (152 males, 150 females; mean age = 13.61 years, SD = 2.09) were selected from secondary schools in Lagos and Oyo states, Nigeria, and data were collected using existing questionnaires with strong psychometric properties, and the response rate was 97.42%. Four (4) hypotheses were stated and tested using independent sample t-test and correlation statistics at p<0.05.

The findings from the study concluded that, adolescents’ age and family marital structure were the variables found that significantly accounted for their attitudes towards cough syrup abuse, thus it is imperative enough that as adolescents are growing older, they are rightly guided against giving into substance abuse. Also, parents/caregivers of adolescents need to be actively involved in educating adolescents on the hazards associated with substance abuse.

Bright Oniovokukor

Indomitable Youths visited a lecture centre where there about 200 young persons preparing for their Senior Secondary Certificate and JAMB examinations  were reached.

Some of the questions asked and were responded to were: 

WEBINAR: Cary Hopkins Eyles on Authentic Self-Care for Addiction Professionals

This webinar focuses on the issue of self-care for addiction professionals and was delivered by ICUDDR Deputy Director Cary Hopkins Eyles.

Many of us are drawn to work in the field of substance use disorders due to our history, family, and personal traits, such as compassion and empathy. While these can be great assets, they can also be detrimental to us personally.

In this webinar, Cary explains how to identify healthy and unhealthy traits, how we can care for ourselves, and what authentic self-care looks like.

Cary has worked in the field of substance use disorders for 18 years. She is passionate about helping professionals in this field to take care of themselves so they can thrive and help those in need. Cary has worked in direct care in non-profit in the U.S., has run Residential, Outpatient, and Criminal Justice treatment programs, and has trained and mentored other substance use professionals. She is now the Deputy Director for the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) and supports the development of addiction studies programs around the world. She is a global trainer in the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC).

Recorded on 13 March 2020

Cary Hopkins Eyles
Precious Muogbo

It's so great to be part of this network. Please can I be guided on how to learn more and get certified about addiction treatment and rehabilitation for addicts? Also, can a website for information on substances be recommended to me? Thanks in advance.

Florence Rissih Richard

Richard Florence Rissih is therapist in training. She has helped families and individuals struggling with drug use and addiction.

Uche Onukogu

Uche Onukogu is a Clinical Psychologist with the Drug Addiction, Treatment, Educational and Research unit of the Federal Psychiatric Hospital in Calabar, Nigeria.

Omeiza Beida

Great! belonging to this Network.

ADEWALE Oladigbolu

Good day, is it true that the Nigeria Chapter of ISSUP will be inaugurated in October?

Kindly provide more information on the program, if it is true