Alvarez: Drug Hotline upgrades


THE Ateneo de Davao University-Center against Illegal Drugs (CAID) - Drug Hotline Program had its 2-day brainstorming and workshop last February 24 to 25, 2019 at Jaca Resort, Matina Pangi, Davao City. The main objective of the activity was to enhance the 12 modules which were utilized to train Drug Hotline/Referral Hotline (DHRH) staff to be knowledgeable and competent in answering clients’ calls.

The previous modules contained topics about self-awareness, truth about drug addiction, relapse, therapies, community-based rehabilitation, mental health gap, vulnerable populations, family education, various drug testing, private and government drug rehabilitation in the Philippines, handling challenging and prank calls and etc.

Now, after two years, the modules will be upgraded or enhanced to provide more quality and accurate service to callers – the DHRH team will include in its module topics about the comprehensive mental health law, co-occurring illnesses in substance abuse, client transcultural and spiritual care.

The workshop ended productively and its completion target will be on April 1st week of 2019. Attendees were DHRH staff and acting team leader Peter Paul Hontiveros, Peter Cullen Sorrosa, Aegian Esperon, Angelica Porticos, and Hilary Lariosa. All of them are Registered Psychiatric nurses trained and equipped to answer calls from substance abusers, significant others, and even people of various age curious about drugs.

The DHRH will celebrate its 2nd year anniversary on March 15, 2019. As of now, it has received calls from even as far Luzon. It has greatly helped drug users who are afraid to open up in public, those who struggle to change, those who had, and family members who are affected about issues on drugs.

So, if you are in the midst of an illegal drug-related crisis, or if you are struggling with a loved one who is into drug addiction, don’t wait for it to ruin your life. Break the walls of isolation and decide to seek help now. There is no shame in admitting you have a problem. Be connected to someone who cares and will provide you accurate information and referrals 24/7. There is no need to worry about privacy because they maintain strict confidentiality.

Remember that you are not alone in this journey. So, Call ADDU CAID Drug hotline at (082)-298-7777, 0956-389-5131 (Globe), 0943-494-4211 (SUN), 0912-196-8535 (TNT) and let your voices be heard! CAID helps!


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