Victorias, Murcia launch programs for drug users

VICTORIAS City and Murcia town in Negros Occidental launched an initiative to help drug dependents in their respective localities.

In Victorias, a three-month voluntary outpatient program dubbed “Pag-Amlig,” for substance abuse dependents will kick off today, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The outpatient drug program is divided into three clusters.

Cluster 1, with 59 clients from Barangays 1, 2, and 3,will begin the program at the covered court of Barangay 1.

Cluster 2 has 89 patients, with the activity to be held at Barangay 6 hall, while Cluster 3, with 59 clients, will have the session at Barangay 9 health center.

A pool of volunteer facilitators from various government and private organizations were trained to teach and help the drug patients.

The first month will introduce the patients to various psycho-education topics such as the disease of addiction, introduction to the 12-step program, and individual and group therapy.

Family and social are the topics for the second month. The patients will also be prepared for social, spiritual, and family reintegration while there will be an actual reintegration in the final month.

There are 495 drug surrenderers in Victorias City.

Meanwhile, 44 drug dependents in Murcia will undergo a five-day closed door initial rehabilitation and assessment program at the Green Pasture's Retreat House in Barangay Sta. Cruz starting Tuesday.

Dubbed “Murcia's 1st Step Recovery Program Cycle 1,” the module includes family reconciliation and healing, process of change engagement, addiction and resistance, understanding legal implications, and livelihood opportunities.

Mayor Andrew Montelibano said the municipal government is sincere in helping these people who volunteered themselves to change.

“We are dedicated to replicate this program to many persons who are in conflict with substance abuse. This is just the first of the many partnerships we will implement to secure a better future for our society,” he added. (PR)

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