Drugs De-addiction & Rehabilitation Center

Backdrop of the genesis of the centre:

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The HOPE foundation came about as an attempt on the part of recovered addicts/ ex drug users to try and provide services to addicts who wish to come out of the clutches of their addiction. Since, most of the people who are a part of the Hope Foundation found their escape from drugs through the help of the Narcotics Anonymous (NA), on an ideological level they lean heavily on the principles of NA.

What is unique about this centre?

The most unique and powerful aspect of this de-addiction centre is that the addicts are under the care and protection of ex-addicts who have already been through the process of addiction, de-addiction and the struggle to lead a clean life. Everyone at each level of administration starting from the board members, director, project manager, counselor and even the cook and ward boy are ex-addicts. The understanding thus, is much better and the addicts can relate better to the people trying to help them. The establishment of a rapport, a connection and a belief in the people working for them is much faster because in the case of addicts it is very important to believe that they can lead a clean life. Also, the establishment of a connection is very important because in the addicts mind if he doesn’t trust the people helping him the entire process remains futile; the addict will only be a passive and not an active listener. There are negotiations on liberty of the addicts in terms of free time or entertainment. This also ensures employability of the addicts. Some workers have been treated here in hope itself. So it also provides livelihood options and a never-ending support system. It is also important to note that a person can come back and stay for sometime in the centre for moral support anytime after leaving the centre.

Who is an addict?

The drug generates physical and psychological dependence in the addict. There is a significant shift from the phase of misuse to abuse. Initial use gives way to regular dependence on the substance. An addict shows withdrawal symptoms characterized by physical pain when the intake of the drug is stopped. An addict is a person totally controlled by drugs. What is dysfunctional for a normal person is functional in case of an addict. It means dependence on drugs for a day to day living is normal for an addict to an extent where a heavy dose of drug is required for an addict to be ‘normal’. The organization works with addiction as a treatable disease where the apt medical and psychological can help the individuals refrain from further drug use.

Addiction: How it begins:

The initiation of drug abuse always finds its roots in curiosity, peer pressure, wrong role modeling i.e. role modeling of a person who uses drugs or a sense of power associated with the use of drugs. The addicts are unaware of the pros and cons of the use of these substances. When the body develops a dependence on the drug the addicts make futile attempts to give up drugs; more often than not it is done by making a shift from one drug to another ultimately resulting in simultaneous use of two or more drugs. Also, gradually the tolerance level of the body increases so the addict resorts to larger amounts or more powerful drugs to attain the same level of high as before. Several peripheral reasons like tensions in the family, depression or health issues may also trigger dependence on addictive substances. The dealing of person with a substance can be at any of the three levels of use, misuse or abuse which are simultaneously identified with pleasure, problem and pain respectively. Addicts are generally identified and seek help when they are in the abuse phase and their dependency on the drug has grown beyond manageable as the drug exercises enormous control over them.

Demographic composition of the centre:

The centre consists of addicts in different phases i.e. initial, middle and end phase of their treatment. The residents in the initial stage show denial, depression or aggression. The residents who come to the centre unwillingly are more angry and aggressive than the others. In the middle phase there is a transition in the thought process, a subtle realization and the residents relate more to the process of treatment. In the end stage the resident is in total connection with the method of treatment and there is active listening and internalization as opposed to bland hearing out the counselor.

Number of Residents:

At any given point of time there are approximately 25 patients in one centre at any given time. The patients come from various socio-economic and occupational backgrounds brought together because of their addiction that they were unable to come over on their own. An analysis of the residents shows some of the aspects of addiction and treatment. A sample of 30 residents is taken who have left the drug de-addiction centre. Some of these people lead a clean life until now and the rest have relapsed.





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