After losing themselves to opium addiction, trying to rebuild their lost lives | world | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Jan 18, 2017-Wednesday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

After losing themselves to opium addiction, trying to rebuild their lost lives

world Updated: Mar 05, 2014 02:22 IST
Highlight Story

It is a spartan life of dormitory beds, communal eating and prayer, but the Jangalak treatment centre in Kabul offers a rare glimmer of hope for heroin addicts caught in Afghanistan's spiralling drug problem.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/care.jpg

This picture taken on February 23, 2014, shows a patient (L) talking with a doctor (R) during a daily check up on patients at the Jangalak hospital in Kabul.

About 250 male addicts at a time undergo a 45-day course at the government centre, with 70 percent of all patients successfully staying off heroin after they leave.



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/comfort.jpg
This picture taken on February 20, 2014, shows patients waking up in their dormitory, in the early morning at the Jangalak hospital in Kabul.

Earlier this year, the UN drug and crime agency chief Yury Fedotov described the rapid rise of drug addiction in Afghanistan as a "national tragedy" in a country that is the world's largest producer of opium, the raw form of heroin.



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/education.jpg

This picture taken on February 20, 2014, shows patients reading, in the early morning at the Jangalak hospital in Kabul.

Efforts to cut opium production have failed completely in the 13 years since US-led forces arrived in Afghanistan, with Taliban insurgents often benefiting from the lucrative trade.



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/friendship.jpg

This picture taken on February 23, 2014, shows two patients talking together at the Jangalak hospital in Kabul. The latest UN survey has found that opium poppy cultivation rocketed to record levels last year with a 36 percent increase compared to 2012.



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/Medicine.jpg

This picture taken on February 27, 2014, shows a patient (C) taking his medecine before bed time at the Jangalak hospital in Kabul. Addiction levels have also risen sharply -- from almost nothing under the 1996-2001 Taliban regime, to more than one million heroin addicts today, according to UN figures.



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/nutrition.jpg

This picture taken on February 20, 2014, shows the cooks in the kitchen before serving breakfast at the Jangalak hospital in Kabul.


Patients at Jangalak often arrive filthy, unkempt and mentally distressed.

They are washed, shaved and issued with new clothes before their treatment begins.



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/prayer.jpg

This picture taken on February 27, 2014, shows a patient praying at sunset, at the Jangalak hospital in Kabul.

Doctors supervise medication as the addicts detoxify. The daily routine includes psychological support, regular exercise, games and prayer sessions.

Staff say the bonds that develop between recovering addicts are crucial to their chances of rebuilding their lives.



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/Security.jpg

This picture taken on February 20, 2014, shows a patient in a dormitory at the Jangalak hospital in Kabul.

AFP photographer Nicolas Asfouri followed some course members attending the clinic.

Photo credits : Nicolas Asfouri, AFP

<