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Drug de-addiction centre doing wonders

The drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centre, run by the local Red Cross Society, has provided a glimpse of hope to many distressed families in the region.

punjab Updated: Sep 05, 2012 22:48 IST
HT correspondent

The drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centre, run by the local Red Cross Society, has provided a glimpse of hope to many distressed families in the region.


As many as 1,500 patients have said quits to drugs in the last five years following treatment at the centre.

Many of these youngsters have now become an integral part of their families, and a source of inspiration to those who are still struggling to kick the habit.

Seeking anonymity, a 24-year-old young man from Balachaur village said his life took a U-turn after attending the centre.

The young man used to take drug injections and was brought by his family to this centre only two months ago.

Regretting that the drugs had driven him away from his family and society, he thanked the doctors and staff for helping him rejoin the mainstream.

"I took a month-long treatment in July this year at the centre. Now, I am helping my family in the farms with full zeal and commitment," he said.

Kashmiri Lal, project director of the centre, said most of the youngsters they were treating were addicted to drugs like heroin, smack, opium and chemicals.

The centre can accommodate 15 people and provides free medicines to its patients for a month.

Lal said the key to the treatment was to provide these young men an atmosphere in which they
adhere to a set time-table and are forced to observe self-control and discipline.

"Once they leave the centre, we observe them for two years. Only then they are considered to have cured," said Lal.

Physiatrist Dr Rajinder Mago said parents should be made more aware of drugs to nip the evil in the bud. He said they needed to pay special attention to their children. "Red eyes, less sleep, declining health, sadness, urge to remain alone and fumbling speech are symptoms that they must pay attention to," he said.

Deputy commissioner Tanu Kashyap said the menace of drugs was destroying our society like termites. "People must join the state government's drive against drugs. That would go a long way in building a strong and progressive nation," she said.