Ludhiana, November 27, 2014: Rahul Luther and Rajeshwari Luther Directors of Hope Trust have said addiction to alcohol and drugs is a highly prevalent problem. WHO estimates that 10% of any population has a tendency toward addiction. Addiction is perhaps the most devastating problem - it kills the addict and destroys the family. It is also bewildering: the family affected by alcohol or drug addiction desperately seeks help, but does not usually know where to go.
Speaking to media persons here today, they added Hope Trust (est. 2002) is an internationally recognised rehab located at Hyderabad. It is a pioneer in the field and has helped hundreds from all over the world of families struggling with addiction for over a decade. Hope Trust provides effective, ethical and confidential treatment of alcohol and drug addiction, with proven protocols and a high recovery rate. Hope Trust is touring Punjab these days to spread awareness about proper treatment methodologies. They said the team is interacting with doctors, psychiatrists, counsellors, social workers and visiting some rehabs. It is also seeking a like-minded local partner to set up a rehab/s in the state to replicate its successful model of treatment in the state.
Lately, there has been increasing attention in the media given to the Punjab drug epidemic. This is not a new problem but things are getting worse as almost a whole generation of young people is being lost to drugs. The extent of drug addiction in Punjab is alarming. Near border areas the rate of heroin abuse among 15 to 25 year olds is as high as 75% - the percentage is 73% in other rural areas throughout the region. Alcohol is already a widely prevalent substance in the state. A Department of Social Security Development of Women and Children suggested that as many as 67% of rural households in Punjab will have at least one drug addict in the family. Every third student in the state is an addict. There is at least one death due to drug overdose each week in the region. Heroin is now widely used by youth in urban areas.
The further said Hope Trust is in collaboration with leading treatment providers worldwide and works with government agencies in India and abroad. The track record and international reputation of the facility attracts clients from all over India and the world - Australia, Dubai, Bangladesh, Maldives, Malaysia, Sultanate of Oman, Singapore, USA, UK.
They added since addiction affects all areas of the addict's life, the treatment at Hope Trust is holistic - addressing the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects. The programme incorporates the WHO-approved '12 Steps' and is based on the renowned Minnesota model. The recovery of the addict is enhanced by Yoga and meditation. There is competent medical and psychiatric back up. The staff includes experienced addiction therapists, psychologist, psychiatrist and medical personnel.
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Thursday, November 27, 2014