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Drug Addiction Rehabilitation
The Chemically Dependent programme:
 

Our organization helps substance abusers break their dependency on chemicals and helps transform their lives by providing the highest quality of specialized treatment, continuing care services, education and research.  The main aim and objective of this Foundation is to create a drug free generation, to make public aware of the problem, educate them that addiction is a disease and that treatment works, to help addicts and alcoholics lead a new life.

We provide a psycho-spiritual therapy based on the 12 steps of the Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous program.  For us the person is more important than the problem and, hence, we believe in the whole person recovery.  We believe in first hand intervention: the process is that we bring clients to a drug and alcohol free environment & rehabilitate them, where their personal journey of recovery begins.  Our motto is – SERVING PATIENTS, SAVING FAMILIES.

A.This programme works in the following stages:

Counselling 24 x 7 (individuals, educational Institutions, families and organisations)
Counselling is done in 3 Levels:
(1) Pre-treatment motivation,
(2) During Treatment,
(3) After-Treatment as a follow-up. This is done one-to-one to motivate people for treatment.

During treatment, trained counsellors work with the client to help resolve their issues. After treatment, the counsellors work with the clients to improve their coping skills and help them deal with issues as they come up. The counsellors work with the families of the client to help them with the affected person.

B. Detoxification & De-Addiction:

Motivating the clients is the primary phase of treatment. The secondary phase of treatment is detoxifying the client. Those seeking treatment are kept in our Detoxification Unit – where under medical supervision the client is gradually brought out of his dependency on chemicals.

After 31 days the client is then ready to be transferred to our Rehabilitation Centre.

C. Long Term Residential Holistic Treatment:

In the Tertiary phase, after detoxification the client is transferred to our Rehabilitation Centre, where he is kept under a strict time schedule. The main aim of the Rehabilitation process is to bring about a healing physically, mentally and spiritually. Through prayer, meditation N.A.(Narcotics Anonymous)/A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings, counselling and the ‘therapeutic community model’, the client starts to gain a sense of belonging and responsibility. Through the activities of the Centre the client is taught to cope with life without the use of any mood altering substance. Holistic treatment usually lasts for four months or more.

D. Abscess Management:

Most injecting drug users use dirty needles and syringes and, as a result, abscess forms at the site of injection. Those with abscesses are motivated to seek treatment. During the detoxification period, these abscesses are treated.

According to medical science, addiction is basically a psychological disease and obsession for substance is its manifestation. Thus, as it is a disease, it has a proper treatment procedure. The flow chart below demonstrates how an addict can live in the mainstream effectively without using addictive substances and can be a person of proactive and productive habits.                           

 

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation
Counselling:
 

·    Addiction.

·    Behavioural Disorder.

·    Personality Disorder.

·    Depression

·    Marital Counselling.

 

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation
PLHIV (People Living with HIV/AIDS) programme:
 

From the time scientists identified HIV/AIDS virus, social responses of fear, denial, stigma and discrimination have accompanied the epidemic. Discrimination has spread rapidly, fuelling anxiety and prejudice against groups most affected as well as those living with HIV/AIDS.

Despite numerous conferences and expert consultations, and despite the passing of Resolution 49/1999 of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights prohibiting discrimination on basis of HIV status, relatively little is known about the causes of these negative responses or how they can be combated. For these reasons we have started various programmes to combat the above problems.

It may be noted that according to West Bengal State Aids Prevention and Control Society (NACO) report of 6/2005 the cases recorded between 1986 and 2004 number 3350 in Kolkata city alone. The reasons for the rapid rise in the number of afflicted people are unsafe sex (85%), use of contaminated syringes among IDUs (7%), blood and blood products (3%), pre-natal transmission (3%) and unidentified causes (3%).

The beneficiaries of this programme are

·    Female Sex Workers

·    HIV Positive People

·    People with AIDS

·    Families of the PLHIVs

·    Injecting Drug Users

·    Children of PLHIVs

First hand support is offered to people living with HIV/AIDS in our centres. Counselling, care and support are the basis of the help extended to them.

 

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation
Women and Children programme
 

Survey shows hundreds of children between the age of 5 & 14 years living in slums, garbage dumps and railway platforms. These children are part of organised groups indulging in petty crimes (thefts) and rag picking for their daily sustenance. They also use mood-altering substances (drugs), such as glue, solvents and cannabis, and even medicinal drugs. These children are a risk to society as they turn out to be hard core criminals and addicts by the time they are teenagers or die due to malnutrition and lack of proper treatment. Given proper rehabilitation, treatment and life skills training these children can become useful members of society in the future.

Survey also shows female children, living in the same areas, driven to prostitution, at times, for their daily sustenance. They are also prone to STD and HIV/AIDS due to lack of proper education and awareness of the effects of unprotected sex. Provided proper guidance, counselling, shelter, formal and informal education and some job skills training for gainful employment they can become independent and live with dignity.

Three international borders and three backward and economically weak Indian states surround Kolkata. There is an influx of women from these states and countries seeking employment that is not so easily available due to various circumstances, leading them to work in the flesh trade (prostitution) market or as daily labourers at construction sites and part time maids in residential areas, etc. We, therefore, work among these women below the poverty line to help them to learn a trade or skill to enable them to earn and provide for themselves and their families and become independent and economically stable to lead a dignified life in the society

 

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation
Awareness programmes
 

These are conducted in homes, in educational institutions like schools and colleges, in law and enforcement agencies, in public and private sectors and NGOs through slide shows, lectures, music concerts, drama and leaflets. We also hold camps to promote awareness of the treatment of drug/alcohol users in high- risk areas in collaboration with Kolkata Police and other government and non-government agencies working in the same

HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme:
(Among I.D.Us in educational institutions, through mass media, printed materials, counselling of PLHIV’s). These are conducted in the red light areas, in schools and colleges, in business offices, on busy intersections, bus stands, railway platforms etc., to make public aware of HIV/AIDS, and to guide them to proper assistance.

 

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation
Employee Assistance Programme
 

Employee Assistance Program

An employee assistance program (EAP) is a work-based intervention program designed to identify and assist employees in resolving personal problems (e.g., marital, financial or emotional problems; family issues; substance/alcohol abuse) that may be adversely affecting the employee’s performance. The plan may also include a wide array of other services, such as treatment and follow-up, basic legal assistance and referrals. EAP services are usually made available not only to the employee but also to the employee’s spouse, children and non-marital partner living in the same household as the employee. EAP plans are usually supported by the employee’s family or the employer.

What is the purpose of EAP

The EAP offers help with the resolution of problems that are affecting work. These problems, however, do not have to be caused by workplace issues. Employee Assistance Programs are designed to help people understand or overcome their personal problems. While most EAPs offer a wide range of services, they often refer to other professionals or agencies who can offer more or extended care in particular areas.

The range of areas typically managed by an EAP provider include:

• Personal issues.
• Job stress.
• Relationship issues.
• Treatment plan
• Harassment.
• Substance abuse.
• Separation and loss.
• Balancing work and family.
• Financial or legal.
• Family violence.

What makes an EAP successful?

Several factors make an EAP successful:
• Strict confidentiality.
• Open to employees and their immediate families.
• Recognition and commitment by management, employees and union (if there is one) that an EAP is needed.
• Policies and procedures supported by top management, employees and the union.
• Establishment of both formal and informal referral procedures.
• Promotion of the EAP and encouragement to use the service.
• Managers and employees educated in the workings of the EAP.
• Periodic evaluation of the EAP to be sure the needs of both the employee and the employer are being met.

In addition, the EAP must be monitored and evaluated to ensure continued quality of the referral/assistance and to correct potential trouble situations. An appropriate assessment, referral and follow-up of progress are important for continued success of the EAP.

Effects of alcohol

Drinking can have serious consequences. Alcohol abuse not only harms the individual but also damages relationship and society with activities like violence, crime and drunk-driving. Long term effects of drinking include brain damage, cancers, disruption of normal heart behaviour and may also affect lungs, liver, nervous system, pancreas and different parts of the body.



Effects of DRUG-ABUSE

Drug use can have a wide range of short- and long-term, direct and indirect effects. These effects often depend on the specific drug or drugs used, how they are taken, how much is taken and other factors. Short-term effects can range from changes in appetite, wakefulness, heart rate, blood pressure, and/or mood to heart attack, stroke, psychosis, overdose, and even death. Long-term effects can include heart or lung disease, cancer, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other fatal diseases. These changes make it much more difficult for someone to stop taking the drug even when it’s having negative effects on their life and they want to quit.



The Genesis Rehabilitation Programme

The Genesis Foundation provides symptomatic and holistic psycho-spiritual treatment through a therapeutic healing community based on AA/NA Twelve by Twelve Step Program in treating the disease of addiction. The treatment is provided by trained and experienced counsellors, recovering addicts/alcoholics who are in recovery and leading clean, sober and serene life and following the principles of AA/NA for over 28 years. They are assisted by General Physicians, Psychiatrists and Psychologists. The counsellors and help-line are available 24/7 for helping inmates physically and emotionally. We also provide treatment for psychologically ill patients who have become mentally-challenged with the use of drugs or otherwise. We also network with government and non-government agencies, conduct awareness programmes in schools, colleges and institutions. We provide counselling for lifestyle-management, behavioural disorder, domestic violence, etiquette, sexual harassment, addiction and alcoholism to students , family of students, public information in clubs (social), shopping malls, railway platforms etc. We also work with law-enforcement agencies i.e. Kolkata Police (Detective Department) and West Bengal Police (CID). We organise free detoxification camps for street addicts, awareness programs through printed materials, cultural programmes (dance, drama and music via TV and radio) through kiosks and other media.