Anti Alcoholism, Anti-drug addiction & anti guthka drives.
Alcoholism has emerged as serious concerns in India. The geographical location of the country further makes it highly vulnerable to the problem of drug abuse. The demand reduction strategy consists of education, treatment, rehabilitation and social integration of drug-dependent persons for the prevention of drug abuse.
The objectives of the Scheme for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse are
- To create awareness and educate people about the ill-effects of alcoholism and substance abuse on the individual, the family, the workplace and society at large;
- To provide for the whole range of community-based services for the identification, motivation, counselling, de-addiction, aftercare and rehabilitation for Whole Person Recovery (WPR) of addicts to make a person drug free, crime free and gainfully employed.
- To alleviate the consequences of drug and alcohol dependence amongst the individual, the family and society at large;
- To facilitate research, training, documentation and collection of relevant information to strengthen the above-mentioned objectives; and
- To support other activities which are in consonance with the mandate of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment in this field.
2 APPROACH & STRATEGY The approach of this Scheme is to provide the whole range of services including awareness generation, identification, counselling, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts through voluntary and other organizations. With a view to reducing the demand for and consumption of alcohol and dependence-producing substances, the thrust would be on preventive education programmes and Whole Person Recovery of the drug-dependent persons. In order to achieve the objectives of the scheme the key strategies will be as follows:- a) To evolve culture-specific models for the prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse and for rehabilitation of drug-dependent persons; b) To promote collective initiatives and self-help endeavour among individuals and groups vulnerable to addiction or found at risk; c) To increase community participation and public cooperation in the reduction of demand for dependence-producing substances; d) To create and sustain an infrastructure of trained human resource personnel and service providers to strengthen the service delivery mechanisms; e) To establish and foster appropriate synergy between State interventions, corporate initiatives, the voluntary sector and other stakeholders in the field of substance abuse prevention; f) To facilitate networking among policy planners, service providers and other stakeholders, with an aim to encourage appropriate advocacy; g) To promote and sustain a system of continuous monitoring and evaluation including self-correctional mechanism.
Target Groups under the Scheme: i. All victims of alcohol and substance (drugs) abuse with a special focus on:- ii. Children including street children, both in and out of school iii. Adolescents/Youth iv. Dependent women and young girls, affected by substance abuse v. High risk groups such as sex workers, Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), drivers etc. vi. Prison inmates in detention facilities including children in juvenile homes addicted to drugs.