WHO recognizes alcoholism as a disease, and estimates that at least 10% of the world population suffers from addiction to either drugs or alcohol. The city has quite a few addiction rehabilitation centers, but Hope Trust is one with a difference.
Based on the widely acknowledged 12-step programme, Hope Trust's approach to deaddiction is holistic - addressing physical, mental, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual areas of recovery. The therapy, usually lasting a minimum of 4 months, includes yoga, meditation, feelings management, and intensive group and individual counselling. All counselling is done by experts in the field, and backed by specialist medical and psychiatric services.
Costing about Rs. 15,000 per person per month, the service offers spacious air-cooled dorms, nutritious food, games, TV, and group sessions. Counselling for the affected person and his/her family is part of the package. Hope's success is on par with the universal recovery rate, which Alcoholics Anonymous estimates at 75%.
If someone in your family, circle of friends, or neighbourhood is suffering and can see no way out, Hope might be able to help. The question to ask is not does it work, but do you want it to.