A peer led intervention for recovery from addiction.
...The philosophy of Nada India Foundation, behind initiating Arpan project has been an organization committed to the cause of young people and barrier free rehabilitation services. It is an action network of peer-based initiatives of recovering people from disability & trauma related to drugs, HIV/AIDS, violence and crime. The project was launched by Nada India to promote peer support and facilitate the education about minimum standards of care for those who want to organize rehabilitation services. The word Arpan in Sanskrit means to present or to offer in dedication. Accordingly, Nada India offers its efforts for the promotion of health, education and productivity aiming at a drug free life.
As Mr.Suneel. Vatsyayan Chairman Nada India Foundation says, I have seen these people growing like children who realized that walking and falling are part of life. There is always someone for them who had given them a right to fail. Each day of recovery brought them a drop of confidence which I have seen on their faces throughout. Vatsyayan calls them as students who have passed through the University of Pain.
It evolved like a process of empowerment and took the shape of social entrepreneurship of a person addicted to drugs and alcohol who lost everything and later eschewed addiction. . The idea was developed by Nada, keeping in mind the fact that when a person who passes through a deep sense of pain in his life tends to find an answer to his problems from the example of the recovery process of a peer. He understands that he can not do it alone but through motivation and support from the peer.
With the nurturing of Arpan, various rehabilitation centers like Mukti ,Nai Disha, Nai Kiran, Aman , Ujjala Foundation ,Shreyas, ,Prithvi Durga Foundation, Parivertan, and many more started in different parts of Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Following the12-step programme along with peer based approach for recovery; these centers engage the inmates in Yoga, work therapy and counseling sessions to provide them an enabling for change. Mr. Ashwani of Prithvi Durga Foundation and a recovering person himself says that peer led intervention plays a very important role in the process of recovery. It provides support and courage to change. He added that since recovering addicts run these centers, they do carry stigma as well as discrimination by society. According to a Nada, need assessment survey these centers need an accreditation, recognition and technical inputs to build on their identities
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