Rehabilitation of the recovered addicts was a big problem. Madam thought that the recovered addicts, irrespective of their educational qualifications, have the experience of addiction and know the difficult process of recovery. They can talk with new entrants and share their experiences and empathise with them. At the same time they can be role models. She always encouraged recovering addicts to become social workers and counsellors. At present Muktangan is manned by 80% recovering addicts. We believe that the success of the program lies here.
Madam used to discuss with the family members. She realised that they also need emotional support, education about the disease and support during recovery of the addict. She then started regular family meetings. She also encouraged family members to attend group therapy, so they can understand what has been taught to the patient and how far he is progressing.
There were some married friends. After treatment madam realised that even if our friend is sober he has many marital problems. To deal with such problems she started the meeting for couples. And then she realised that wives of addicts had inhibitions about talking freely in the presence of their addict husband. Therefore a special group called Sahachari – exclusively for the wives of addicts was formed. Gradually madam came to realise that the children of addicts were also affected. They were not doing well in studies and facing many emotional and behaviour problems. They also needed counselling, hence special services to kids were rendered in the Ankur group.
Our therapeutic model is a learning model. We go on changing the inputs based upon current requirements. When ILO (International Labour Organisation) requested us to execute workplace prevention program, we learnt about WPR (Whole Person Recovery) and modified our program. Similarly at the instance of ILO we adopted a slum area and learnt to effectively implement community based programs. Our trustee and well–known psychiatrist and a pioneer of de–addiction work in India, Dr. Anand Nadkarni, has been providing new therapeutic insights to us. At his instance Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) was made a part of the treatment. Our staff is given ongoing training by visiting experts. A nutrition specialist fixes the food menu at Muktangan.