The Nawajeewan organization aims to help women who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction to live a dignified life and reintegrate into their families and communities. Since 2004, it has been working among female users of drugs and alcohol, and it is the only program in Nepal that runs a 1-year residential program for female drug and alcohol users.
The organization operates two sub-programs:
The outreach program is designed to educate women in the community about drug and alcohol addiction, provide them with support, counselling (individual and family), and motivate them to seek treatment and maintain recovery. It also includes drug and alcohol awareness programs for teenagers and communities.
After discharge from the residential program, regular follow-up is carried out with the clients and their families. The follow-up is needs-based and aims to continue follow-up for up to three years after discharge.
The residential program, with an 11-bed centre, is divided into three phases.
First phase – The first phase, lasting three months, is focused on detoxification and abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Various therapies, along with education, have been designed to support the clients. The residence is fully abstinent – no tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs are allowed.
Second phase – The second phase, lasting six months, focuses on personal growth and future planning. Clients’ skills and interests are discovered, and potential plans for future self-sustainability are identified. If necessary, training is provided.
Third Phase – The final three months of the program are focused on the restoration of relationships and normal social life. Parents or other responsible persons are contacted, supported, educated, and prepared to accept the client back to her family and community. The client’s confidence is built up and trained on relapse-related issues.
This programme aims for the following major outcomes:
Sarita Lama, 32 years old from Kavre. She has one son and daughter. She was a drug and alcohol user. Her life was full of tragedy and struggle. But she continue to struggle and fight for herself and for kids.