Rehabilitation & Research Centre, Mumbai, India.
The DAIRRC Rehab program is a voluntary treatment program that caters to Drug addiction and Depression.
DAIRRC has detoxified over 20,000 chemical dependants. Not a single one of them has experienced any ‘cold turkey’. (Cold Turkey is a term used by addicts to describe their withdrawal symptoms, whilst giving up heroin and includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, yawning, coughing, sneezing, pain in the stomach, back and joints coupled with feeling cold and hair on the body rising).
DAIRRC believes that follow up treatment is a must.
Rehabilitation lasts from six to nine months, depending on the prognosis of the patient and intensity of drug abuse. Substance abusers / Chemical dependants approaching the centre for treatment are Polydrug abusers, including Heroin ( 84%), Prescribed Medication abuse ( 9%), and others including Cocaine, Solvents etc ( 7 %).
Though DAIRRC does not insist on Parental participation, it encourages the same as it ensures a better prognosis. Because DAIRRC deals only with a maximum of 30 people at a time (includes those suffering from depression as well as drug addiction), the treatment is highly personalised and has a success rate of over 82 %.
Success rate for Drug addicts being defined by the following three criteria:
- No intake of any mood or mind altering substance for more than 4 years
- No further interaction of the addict with law enforcement agencies.
- Gainful employment.
DAIRRC has participated in the recovery of Heroin and other chemical and emotional dependants over the last 33 years, and therefore believes that any addict can give up, and any person struggling with depression can develop the coping skills required to lead a normal life.
The treatment program for patients of depression is a holistic one and helps the patient to better all four planes of her/him, i.e. physical, mental, social and spiritual.
DAIRRC sees Chemical dependency (Drug Addiction) as a behavioural disorder, and encourages the addicts to bring about a positive change in their personality
DAIRRC equips patients suffering from depression with the required skill set to cope with boredom and stress, enabling them to deal with their day to day reality better.
DAIRRC believes that addicts have to change their world view and learn to cope with reality. The program ensures a change in the addicts’ threshold to cope with boredom and stress. Addicts do not need to come to DAIRRC to stop taking drugs; they can stop on their own.
They need The DAIRRC Treatment Program to ensure that they STAY STOPPED.
Understand two words. Understand addiction.
To understand the alluring and secretive world of a “junkie”, we need to understand just two words, often uttered by chemical dependents.
The worlds are “HIGH” and “JOINT”
A ‘HIGH’ IS ANY PLACE, THAT IS NOT HERE.
An addict is perpetually on the run and wants to get away from where he is, sometimes the escape is geographically and sometimes he seeks to numb the throbbing void he experiences by existing as himself. He is uncomfortable in his ‘here’ (his reality). Any place; both internally and externally, other than his ‘here’ is a safe place.
People with a predilection to dependency usually also have low boredom thresholds and are exceptionally sensitive. These characteristics coupled with their self-consumption, makes their ‘here’ very discomforting.
Treatments that merely focus on separating an addict from his substance, are seldom effective. In order to achieve success, a treatment process must facilitate making the ‘here’ of the addict comfortable.
WHAT IS A JOINT?
Humans are social animals and need to have connections with others, in order to live happy and meaningful lives. Addicts suffer from a lack of connection with other humans. So when they experience a connection with anything, they latch on and get ‘joint’ to the thing.
They create false personas when they relate to others. At times, in order protect and not to hurt the people they love, they masquerade as someone else and cloak the real person within. At times, they hide their insecurities, fears, guilt or shame with a facade of a robust projections.
A ‘JOINT’ IS A PLACE,
WHERE A CONNECTION TAKES PLACE.
Treatment methodologies have to include getting the addict ‘joint’ to other people. Till we can enable them to establish meaningful connections with other human beings, they will keep relapsing into their world of addiction. No man is an island and dealing with the chaotic ruckus in one’s head independently, is simply impossible.
A Cannabis or Heroin user rolls his ‘joint’. All those who smoke a ‘joint’, don’t get hooked. Only those who experience the ‘joint’ or connect with the drug do. Forming intrinsic connections or genuine emotional bonds is their path to salvation.
It is possible to be ‘high’ and here at the same time. Being positively ‘joint’ to friends, work, family, any form of art, meditation, prayer or music takes us to the same state of being “high on life”.
The Beatles got it right “all you need is love”
It would be correct to conclude that the opposite of addiction is connection.