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When it comes to quitting, the natural way may be best.

They’ve been minimized and they’ve been marginalized, but the fact is holistic therapies – including acupuncture,
homeopathy, massage therapy, aromatherapy, yoga, nutrition therapy, and dozens more – have been gaining greater
mainstream acceptance.
Holistic therapies are helping to bridge the gap between conventional, exclusively abstinence–oriented approaches and the
newer, more controversial harm–reduction philosophy.

When addressing an addiction, all holistic techniques begin with the same basic philosophy: people develop addictions to
correct an “imbalance“ within them. Addicts become stuck, unaware, and unable to deal with their thoughts, feelings, and

They may drink, take drugs, or eat to excess to disassociate from their deficiency.

Holistic therapies work to restore balance by connecting mind and body. They take away some of the underlying causes of
abuse by helping people become aware of and take responsibility for the way they think, feel, and act.

The goal of many holistic therapies is to restore the body to its naturally healthy state. The best treatments are not offered in
isolation; they’re carried out with psychotherapy or group therapy.

Holistic philosophy overlaps with the harm–reduction approach to addiction, which evolved out of a desire, about 10 years
ago, to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis among injection drug users by dispensing clean needles. People running
syringe exchanges realized they had an opportunity to provide additional services to drug users.

Holistic therapies do have their skeptics, of course. There’s concern that these therapies haven’t been properly studied or
regulated. “As a general rule, holistic therapies are most helpful when they’re used in conjunction with – not in place of –
other treatments,“ says Barrie R. Cassileth, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill and Duke University, who has written extensively on alternative therapies and cancer treatment. Cassileth sees
the need for methodologically sound, rigorous clinical tests before any claims about the capabilities of holistic treatments can
be made. Frank Gawin, M.D., scientific director of a laboratory examining addictions at the University of California Los
Angeles, agrees. He’s currently involved in a six–city study – the largest involving an alternative therapy – to determine the
effectiveness of acupuncture on cocaine addiction.

Need for re habilitation :

intro : Drug Addiction is ruining our society and destroying the health of our citizens. It is a matter off serious concern
that the youth particularly are falling prey to the menace of Drug Addiction. Drug Abuse has destroyed the creative
power of millions of youth.

Therefore, there is a need to launch a mass awareness movement to keep our youth, children and society, to stay away
from this dangerous trend.

What should be done to prevent :

Keeping this thing in view, Red Cross Drug De-addiction Treatment-cum-Rehabilitation Centre, Gurdaspur, organises
awareness camps in various places/ institutions of the District should be provided to spread the awareness about the ill
effect of drug abuse.

The ill effects of the intoxicants and other drugs are explained to the masses by the counsellors and other resource
persons through lectures and debates.

Setting up Exhibitions on such events also help the people/young students to understand how bad the situation of the
addictions and what measures they could adopt to keep them away from the clutches of deadly addiction.

Audio visual : A Compact Disc showing the horrible pictures of youth who have fallen prey to this modern monsters
should be arranged to be watched by the audience.

* Outdoor games like Cricket, Volley Ball, Badminton, etc, are made an important and compulsory part of the treatment,
and Indoor games like Ludo, Chess, Cards etc, as, reading News Papers/ Magazines, watching Television, etc, is
encouraged, in order to keep the clients busy.
A Multi-purpose Gym and well-equipped Laboratory have been set up at this Centre for the benefits of the Clients

The main functions of the Centre are as under:-

1.PREVENTION: - Activities such as Seminars, Lectures, Exhibitions, Rallies, Jhankis, etc, are undertaken towards
awareness of this modem menace.

2.TREATMENT: - The patient is required to stay at the Centre accompanied by someone who can attend him in a better
way for about 30 to 35 days, during which, he, along with getting medical attention for his physical with-drawl
symptoms, also undergoes drastic counselling and Yoga exercises. The treatment and stay at the Centre is totally free of

3.REHABILITATION: - Different type of activities are undertaken to rehabilitate the addicts to their normal life, such as
teaching them ways and means to earn their livelihood through candle making, Bee keeping and any activity they prefer
and for which they want to get loan from the Banks to start their own business. So far 791 addicts have been
rehabilitated and they are leading a normal drug-free life.

4.FOLLOW-UP: - Great importance is given to this since the relapse of the patients is common. The Centre is now taking
a new shape to become one of the leading Centres in India. The wards are fixed with Air Conditioners. Outdoor games
like cricket, Volleyball, Badminton, etc, and Indoor games are introduced as a part of their treatment. High power
Generator is also fixed in the Centre to check unpredicted power-cuts and provide the clients a comfortable stay in the

((Romesh Mahajan) Projetct Director,Red Cross Drug De-addiction Treatment-cum-Rehabilitation Centre, Guru Nanak
Colony, Dera Baba Nanak Road, Gurdaspur, 143521, Phone: (0)01874210166, (M)98145 77709. E-mail-

The de-addiction centres run by non-governmental organizations employ various systems of medicine such as
allopathy, homeopathy, ayurveda, naturopathy and yoga coupled with a range of psychotherapies to cure addicts.