Until 2017, it was filled mainly with opiate addicts, said Abdul Jabar Jalili, Ibn Sina’s chief physician and counsellor.
“Today, around 70 percent of patients here are addicted to meth,” he told AFP, pointing to a group of addicts ambling around a sun-filled yard in the vast compound.
Statistics are bleak, with many of the patients addicted to both meth and opiates. Afghan health officials say more than 80 percent of the patients will relapse.
Naqibullah, another addict, started using the synthetic stimulant two years ago when his sister was killed in a Taliban bombing and a villager offered him a “non-addictive” drug to ease his grief.
“Initially… I liked it,” the 34-year-old said.
“But then came the dark side, and I started to go mad, becoming violent and attacking members of my family.”