The World Health Organisation (WHO) through its research declares that too much consumption of liquor is not a habit but a disease and such drunkards are called Alcoholics. A person who takes too much liquor for a long period becomes an “Alcoholic”. Normally an alcoholic finds it difficult to keep away from liquor. Advice, pressure or threats of any form cannot influence an alcoholic. Even if he leaves liquor it creates physical and mental pain in him. To get out of his problem once again he resorts to liquor.
Jana Jagruti Vedike identifies such Drunkards and persuades them to undergo treatment in its Alcoholic De-addiction Camps. They are given treatment to their physical and Psychological problems. They are encouraged to live without Alcohol. They are made to understand the real happiness in life through counseling, talks, sharing of experiences, discussion in the camps etc.,
- Activities of Camps :
De-addiction camp is for a duration of 08 days. About 40 to 80 alcoholics are admitted to the camp. All should remain throughout the camp compulsorily. The routine begins with Yoga/Exercise in early morning followed through prayer, meditation, sharing of experiences, Guidance of previous campers, talks by resource persons, discussion, counseling, medical checkup, treatments, sports and games competitions, talents show, Bhajane & entertainment programmes. The festive mood of the camp looks like an adult intensive education programme with a difference.
To keep the campers in touch with the family and know their welfare as well as the problems at home during the camp, it is made compulsory for the family members of the campers to bring lunch to the campers. The Breakfast, the dinner and coffee is served at the camp. The total expenditure of the camp amounts to one lakh. These expenditures are met through the generous contributions from the general public, local organizations and the Jana Jagruthi Village committees. Each camper is also insisted to pay a nominal fee of Rs. 500 for the entire camp.
Usually there are a number of problems found in the family of an alcoholic. Sometimes the quarrel between husband and wife is the reason for one to become an alcoholic. The camp is also a platform to solve such problems. The family counseling is also done to the women members of the family who bring lunch boxes to the campers. They are made to understand the problem of an alcoholic, his attitude, the way to be followed to take care of him during the post camp period and also the role of women in keeping the family away from alcohol. The success of this type of De-addiction camp is based on the family counseling programme of the camp.
Follow-up Action :
After the camp once in a week the campers are asked to meet in small groups at their villages in the evening. They will share the idea with the other members of the group. Observations are noted on their routine activities and the changes in their attitudes. These groups are called as “Nava Jeevana Samithis” (New life groups). The Nava Jeevana Samithis weekly meetings encourage and boost the determination of each one to keep away from liquor. People understand the reality and desire to regain the lost prestige and progress in life.
The success percentage :
As per the survey conducted 70% of the campers completely kept away from liquor and now lead a dignified life. 30% went back to their previous status and taking liquor again.
The demand to conduct more and more de-addiction camps is also an indication of the success of the camp. The involvement of the de-addicts in identifying and encouraging other alcoholics in the village to undergo treatment is an evidence to the motivation created during De-addiction camps.