“SANKALPA” Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts

“Sankalpa”, the Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts run by OLS, first received support from the Government of India in 1992-1993 under the scheme for ‘Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse’ implemented by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India. Sankalpa embodies and follows the same spirit and sense of service that is evident in the innovative systems of education, therapy and other services provided by OLS.

“Sankalpa” was founded on the belief that all men are created equal and that everyone accordingly has a right to life with dignity. This forms the underlying principle of its ‘holistic’ approach to treatment for addiction and drug abuse. “Sankalpa” utilizes the services of a doctor, psychologist, pharmacist, two peer counselors, a yoga therapist, and support staff to help ‘users’ get reintegrated into society as productive and responsible citizens. Realizing that there is more to drug treatment than just abstaining from drugs, “Sankalpa”conducts different therapies like peer counselling, individual counseling, sharing sessions, life skill training, vocational exposure and counseling, referral services, after care and drop in facilities, exposure to self-help groups and 12 step programs to help the clients overcome their weakness.

Irrespective of educational or professional background, all counselors are expected and encouraged to attend NISD sponsored and conducted training programs. Such programs provide a much-needed platform for sharing of skills and experiences in the field of drug abuse prevention. “Sankalpa” works in close association with the Regional Resource Training Centre (RRTC-East-I) to keep abreast of latest policy guidelines and treatment procedures as may be laid down by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment from time to time. In house training programs are one way of ensuring that skills learnt by one staff member are passed on to others. Participation in regular staff meetings is mandatory and helps in addressing problems quickly and in taking into account the suggestion of all members for the smooth running of the Centre.

“Sankalpa” is a 15-bedded Centre, providing in house treatment, which requires that a ‘client’ be admitted at the Centre for a period of at least one month or 30 days. Even though a number of clients get discharged after completion of 30 days, there are some who require more time to get over the withdrawal symptoms and hence stay a longer period in the centre. With two peer counselors on board, clients get an opportunity to learn how recovery works in real life. “Sankalpa”adopts the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) in its treatment. A combined and multi-pronged approach to treatment which includes psychotherapy, relaxation techniques, stress reduction training, assertiveness training, family counseling, group counseling, vocational counseling has been time tested by OLS as successful. Night Vigils or Campout are organized to give the inmates a taste of fellowship. At any given moment there are one or two clients present at “Sankalpa” in an after care or day care facility. Such clients help out with the day to day running of the Centre, slowly developing skills necessary to face life and regaining their lost self-esteem and confidence. They also have the added responsibility of helping with discipline and leading by example just like other staff members.

Creating and spreading awareness about the ill effects of drugs and alcohol and educating people about the role of treatment Centers is well established through demonstrated ability of OLS. In the past one year “Sankalpa” organized four awareness camps.

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