NEPAL JESUIT SOCIETY, Reg. Lalitpur 2/029
We generally do not use medication during the detoxification period but find that auricular acupuncture helps calm the clients; removing craving for drugs, leading to a little more comfort and a better appetite. In 1988 people from the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, New York, trained our staff and now Rajendra is certified to train others.
The clients live as a community and are given small responsibilities, including cooking and cleaning. Most days there is a two hour group counseling session, and each client is assigned a therapist who meets the client regularly. We follow no special counseling technique but use what seems to work. Families visit at least once a week and monthly we have a group meeting for all the family members.
We teach our clients to lead good, honest lives. Therefore training for personal health is important. Protection from disease is an essential topic so we are sure to teach them about all common diseases. Of course we explain hepatitis in its various forms, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV. Should a client wish to be tested for any disease, we allow the test only after counselling the client to be able to accept any result. Then we follow up with more counselling.
After a couple of months at the centre the client is ready to start home visits. These are only a few hours at first and then lengthen. We help in the rebuilding of family relationships, and once the client has enough self confidence to stand on his own and fit into his family, he moves home again.
Clients are always welcome to visit us and often we ask the newly discharged clients to visit us weekly. We encourage these young men to visit us for monthly group meetings.
Financially, we constantly need some support to be able to help economically poor drug users. We have our own buildings. To sustain the program we see to constant upgrading of our counselling staff and facilities. We are in a position to give training to counsellors from other treatment centres.
Clients watching Televison in the centre
Small enterprise for income generation led by former clients
Drug Rehab Center