New organisation formed to give a new lease of life to drug addicts

Drug addiction is an illness, not a habit. There are ways to get completely cured and live a normal life.

We all are aware of the menace of drugs in current times. Drug addiction has already been declared as an epidemic in India. 2019 reports of the National Survey show that this menace is rising at an alarming rate.
In order to help all those people and families who have suffered due to the issue of drugs, an organization named Association of Drug Rehabilitation Centres of Assam (ADRCA) has been formed very recently. ADRCA is a collective of drug treatment facilities, which has 30 registered NGOs at the moment with many more offering their hands to join and work together. 
The organization is working all over Assam independently without any grants or financial assistance from the government. The executive body of ADRCA comprises Rabiul Islam as the Advisor, Deepak Sahney as the President, Jugabrata Hazarika as the Vice President, Siddharta Dutta as the Secretary, and five others.
All the members follow a treatment model which is termed as the 'Therapeutic Community Model' for the whole person recovery. The psycho-spiritual 12-step program tries to give a new life to the addicts. During the treatment the patients go through 3 months of intense self-analysis. 
All the members follow a treatment model which is termed as the 'Therapeutic Community Model' for the whole person recovery. The psycho-spiritual 12-step program tries to give a new life to the addicts.
Various psychological therapies are also inbuilt within this program along with the practice of yoga and meditation to help them heal morally and spiritually.
Association of Drug Rehabilitation Centres of Assam (ADRCA) members addressing at a press conference
Image: Association of Drug Rehabilitation Centres of Assam (ADRCA) members addressing at a press conference
Another common factor of the ADRCA member NGOs is that all of them are ex-addicts or 'Recovering Addicts', who have been through the pain of an addict and now dedicatedly wish to pull out other addicts from the disastrous world of drugs.
One of the members of ADRCA, Mr. Siddharta Dutta said, "In Guwahati currently there are 62 rehab centers which are accommodating people who were once addicts. These rehabs are even generating employment opportunities for their ex-addicts. At some point of time even I and my fellow mates were in rehabs, struggling with life. But now we have realized and are working for society to help others lead a sober life. Our association will not only treat the addicts but also provide skills and life training so that they can lead a normal life after their rehab days".
Addiction to drugs or substances is actually a 3-fold disease. It is possible to get out of it but difficult to maintain. Many people relapse after going home. It is a blessing in one way that in Assam, the rate of relapse is comparatively lesser than other states of India. In this context, it is important to note that relapse is a part of recovery. Spiritual education plays a very vital role in the recovery of the person. "We are highly thankful to the government who is taking various steps and initiatives to remove this dark spot called 'Addiction' from the society", added Mr Dutta.
Mr. Deepak Sahney, who is the president of ADRCA said, "When I was an addict and brought to the rehab, I used to think that it is a habit but later realized that it is not a habit but an illness. Just like with other illnesses, even an addict shows various symptoms. If the problem would have been physical then a doctor had a major role to play but in this case as the mind even gets involved so we need to focus more on healing or upgrading the mental state of the person". It becomes very important to follow a psycho-social model of treatment, he said.



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