Drug addicts undergoing de-addiction and rehabilitation programme, along with the de-addicted volunteers, experienced a new high as they participated in the ‘first recovery cup’ (volleyball tournament), which got underway at the Growth Foundation Drug Counselling and Rehabilitation Centre in Chotti Mundian on Friday.
As the name suggests, ‘recovery cup’ is an extension of the state government’s drive against drug addiction. The members of Punjab State Drug Counselling and Rehabilitation Centres’ Union after attending a recent meeting with the department of health and family welfare decided to go ahead with the event that has immense ‘motivational value’ , significant for every addict undergoing a deaddiction programme.
It was a proud moment for Sarabjit, Sagar and Amit as they inaugurated the event. All three have successfully completed their de-addiction and rehabilitation programme and have been elemental in motivating their fellow inmates at the respective rehab centres. “It is after years that we have regained the lost confidence to do something good and positive in life. After coming here, we are determined to march forward without even wasting a single moment on the dark past,” shared the above three.
Excitement was writ large on the faces of each one of the 150 participants from 16 rehabilitation and counselling centres from across the state as not even once did they show any sign of fatigue and put up a brave front against the hot and humid weather.
“Having been declared winners in the first game has added to our confidence and every round of applause was like a ceremony for us,” shared Nachiket and Navjot Singh.
Nachiket was a BCom student and a cricketer in a college at Khanna and met with an accident. It was then that he came across a group who offered him smack and heroin as pain relievers that changed his whole life for worse. For years he was dependent on smack and heroin but it was the affection of his family, coupled with the humane touch of the programme coordinator working in rehab centres, that helped him come out of the clutches of drugs. Beaming with joy, Nachiket said, “Here I am again fit and playing a sport which has given me back my lost confidence.”
Some of the family members who had been extended an invitation to watch the events tomorrow and day after could not wait as they landed at the centre a day in advance. The family members included mothers, fathers and wives.