Drug users finish rehab, get aid

A NON-GOVERNMENT organization that initiated a community-based drug rehabilitation program in Liloan, Cebu will provide livelihood program to their graduates.

Fe Barino, head of the Archdiocese of Cebu’s Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service (CCRS), told Sun.Star Cebu that SuGod (Surrender to God) Drug Recovery Program will give food carts to the 10 individuals who completed their rehabilitation.

Barino, who is one of SuGod’s founders, said that the food carts will contain food and P20,000, which the beneficiaries can use to start a business.

Recipients of the food carts will be required to pay back the organization P100 a day.

Barino said the livelihood assistance of SuGod aims to complement their community-based rehabilitation program.

It seeks to ensure that the individuals who underwent rehabilitation will no longer use illegal drugs.


Since they initiated the rehabilitation program, Barino said they have served four batches.

She said close to 30 people join their meetings on a daily basis.

The program used an approach similar to those applied by the professional drug rehab practitioners using the evidence-based therapy and the 12 spiritual recovery methods of Narcotics Anonymous.

SuGod spends about P300,000 for the food and other expenses in inviting drug-rehab experts.

The program is given free to those who want to avail of it.

The rehabilitation program lasts for 10 days.

Organized by church groups led by the Archdiocese of Cebu, the SuGod Drug Recovery Program is designed as a live-out seminar workshop intended for outpatient drug users.

The program was the Archdiocese’s answer to the shortage of drug rehabilitation centers in Cebu and the high cost of residential treatment facilities.

Barino also said they established SuGod in response to Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma’s call for lay organizations to come up with a rehabilitation program for drug dependents who surrendered to the government.

The program was initially started as a drug rehabilitation for the 26 employees of the Duros Development Corporation who tested positive for drugs before Barino decided to expand it to the barangays in Liloan.

Barino and her family owns Duros Development Corporation.
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