Activity Report 2019–2020

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Month wise number of clients stayed at the centre

Serial Number

Month

Number of clients

1

January

29

2

February

21

3

March

18

4

April

18

5

May

18

6

June

16

7

July

17

8

August

18

9

September

16

10

October

18

11

November

18

12

December

20

The above table tells the number of clients who have stayed at the centre during the year 2019. We do not know how many of our clients have managed to stay sober after they left the centre since we cannot keep in touch with all but we do know that at least 50 percent are still sober and remaining strong in their recovery.

Activities in which the clients are engaged all the year round:

Art Therapy:

Our Volunteer Art Therapist comes twice in a month and teaches the residents coping up skills by giving a theme on personal character or life situation etc. making them think and realise who they are and what they want to be. Bringing out their bitterness, anger, remorse, guilt etc. and then helping them to understand that there is a power (God) who can help them to overcome all their negativity with help of counselling and examples of the people who came out of their behavioural addiction and bondages. These stories encourage them to uplift themselves morally. All this gives them a ray of hope and helps them to look to God for help.

Working with colours and clay

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Apart from the group counselling in the Conference Hall on the campus we also take the residents for Outings and while they enjoy their day at a scenic location our counsellor also uses this time meaningfully to counsel them on life lessons through group discussions, music and fun.

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Baking and Craft:

One of the key aspects of therapy is to partake in little things and become a part of the larger fabric of society. Therefore, through this therapy our volunteer counsellor helps them to find their own self- worth, place and value in the society. So that they can become respectable and responsible members in the very society that had previously shunned them. These skills also equip them to earn their living once they are out of the campus.

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Organ Therapy:

Apart from cleaning their rooms, bathrooms and veranda every day. The residents have to clean the campus twice a week. This is called O.T.(Organ Therapy). In this they mow the lawn, look after the plants. This helps the residents to be responsible for the hygiene and cleanliness of the place where they live. Since this is done as a team work it teaches them team spirit and family values. This is important for their own individual growth, in humility and selflessness.

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Group Counselling:

Sessions on 12 steps is conducted daily. Every one reads the book turn by turn and discuss about what seems important to them.

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After the group counselling one to one sessions are held. This is extremely a vital part of the healing process.

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Some other activities that took place during the year:

Interactive sessions with visiting groups. Students from different medical colleges usually come to visit Nijaat.

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Light - Camera - Action:

Shooting of Documentary on Nijaat

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During the year what else we did

17th of January Interactive session at burans project field office with 8 people. 27th of February interactive sessions on drug addiction with the students of Doon school 6th of March Interactive sessions on drug abuse, pornography and internet addiction with the students of Doon school. 28th of March Interactive sessions on substance abuse and addictive behaviour with the 54 students and 2 staff members of AIIMS Rishikesh was conducted on their visit to Nijaat. 9th of May 50 students and 1 staff from Government Nursing College, Dehradun came for visit for an interactive session on addiction. 10th of May 50 GNM students and 1 staff came from Government Nursing College, Dehradun to visit for an interactive session on addiction. From 3rd June to 28th of June. Merlyn Bedi, student of B.A psychology, Manipal University, Jaipur did her internship with us on Addictive Behaviour From 16th of June to 22nd of June. A staff visited Sewa Bhawan Hospital, Jagdishpur, Chhattisgarh and participated in an awareness workshop in which 70 people were present. Subsequently he did outreach in 5 villages and helped 3 alcoholics in withdrawal management. A session was also conducted for the Nursing Staff at the hospital. On 5th of August 30 students and HOD Psychology from Welham Girls school visited Nijaat for two hours interactive session on addiction with Our Staff. On 17th of August 5 students with their psychology teacher from DPS-G visited our campus for an interactive session on addiction. From August 26th -28th a Team came from CBN Delhi and recorded the testimonies of 3 ex-clients and 2 staff members who are living a sober life. The testimonies were broadcasted by the CBN worldwide. On 2nd of December we were invited at Union Church Mussoorie to conduct a workshop for the youth on self- esteem and for the parents giving awareness about addiction. About 40 youth attended the workshop and 40 parents also participated in the awareness meeting.

Few Testimonies for the year 2019

I. I started using drugs in 2016, I was 17 years old at that time. Although I had had a few drinks now and then and had started smoking on and off, I experimented with drugs for the first time when I was at a party with few of my close friends. I was drinking beer at the time and one of my friend came up to me and asked me to come aside, I followed him to the backyard where few other guys were smoking. This one guy passed me a joint (hashish rolled cigarette), I was apprehensive at first but my friend urged me to try it once since “joint” isn’t really a drug (I learned later on that it is, and I learnt it the hard way), I threw caution to the wind and took a few puffs. I didn’t feel anything at first, but after a few minutes I was in oblivion, I still cannot forget that moment, because I’ve been chasing that high ever since. I was ecstatic, happy and relaxed. I remember going home after the party, and when I reached home, my mom asked me why my eyes were red; I told her that I rode with my friend on his motorcycle and I got some dirt in my eyes; I went straight to sleep. That was the beginning of my horrible journey of substance addiction. Some of the myths that I encountered along the way were quite astonishingly untrue, like, if you consume alcohol after smoking marijuana it blocks the effects of THC, whereas it doesn’t, it just makes it worse. Another harrowing misconception is that if you are smoking smack heroin regularly, you must drink alcohol, at least one or two drinks a day before sleeping so that it “cleans” your system, later on I found out that it just destroys your liver even more. I was misled by these myths and continued to use drugs and alcohol, thinking that I had everything under control, but little did I know that it was actually drugs that had me under their control. Finally everything went out of my control and I found myself helpless before my addiction. I lost my appetite and got infected by typhoid, I was admitted to the hospital where the doctor who was treating me advised to go to a rehab for my addiction. I was scared to go to a rehabilitation centre because I had heard stories about how you are treated in the centre. You will be locked and punished physically. I was worried, frustrated and scared at the same time I wanted to get free from my dependency. In the same Hospital where I was being treated for my typhoid I came to know about Nijaat, then my uncle also told me about it and said just come with me and see the place you will be happy, however I went there and I was surprised to see everything against my perceived ideas about the rehab. I agreed to stay and I am thankful to God that I came here. I am leaving Nijaat after 5 months to apply what I have learnt. I am now free from my dependency and I know by the Grace of God I will remain free. My counsellors are my support system, I shall always be thankful to God and Nijaat as well.



II. Marijuana is safe because it is natural, so is opium and mushrooms, since they all come from plants, synthetic drugs are the real culprits; these are just few of the myths I heard during my 12 years of substance dependence. I started using drugs very early in my life. I belong to a remote hilly area and hashish has always been a part of our culture in Himachal Pradesh. I started smoking when I was just 14 years old. I remember we used to bunk school and go to this old abandoned field, and sit there, smoking hashish and playing cards all day long. I started drinking alcohol when I was around 16 years old, my friends told me that it was considered a status symbol to drink alcohol (there actually is no such thing, one does need to drink alcohol in order to raise their status in society). Then psychedelic drugs came in my life and I felt I had found what was missing in my life, an escape from reality. I have often heard people say that most psychedelic drugs are derived from plants, and hence cannot be harmful, this cannot be more far from the truth, later on my counsellor told me that psychedelic drugs can be more harmful than some conventional drugs as they alter the chemical balance of the brain severely. Some hallucinogenic drugs like MDMA and LSD can also cause long lasting damage to the brain and neuronal pathways, and may even lead to permanent brain damage. I have battled with addiction with 12 years, and it will probably take more than 3 years for me to reach optimum brain chemical and neurotransmitter levels similar to that of a normal human being; I was so incapacitated that I was unable to perform even basic tasks like cooking food and writing when I first tried to get clean. Now, I lead a clean and sober life. One of the most misleading myths that I heard during my addiction is that if you consume LSD only once a month it doesn’t have any major effect on the brain (that myth was later debunked by my counsellor when he told me that even a single dose of LSD can be severely damaging to the brain, and may even lead to chromosomal abnormalities). Nijaat is the place where I got Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually healed. Thank you God and thank you Nijaat.

Conclusion

This is the annual report submitted by

Sooraj Sherring.

Director

Nijaat Rehab