29 drug reformists to graduate on Sept. 30

A TOTAL 29 drug reformists under the Community Based Rehabilitation and After Care program will graduate from the University of Immaculate Conception (UIC)'s Kaduyog, Sagup Kinabuhi, on September 30.

UIC Community Development Service Director Dr. Corazon Mamon-Umblero said in an interview that they have partnered with the Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council to facilitate and rehabilitate the drug dependents toward a reformed life away from illegal substance.

These students, compose of nine female and 20 male, came from their adopted barangays, Barangays 5A, 6A and 8A. The youngest student is 21 while the oldest is 58.

Umblero said the class started April 3 after they signed service agreement on March 26, where the faculty provided a holistic approach through the activities involving physiological, psychological, spiritual, and economic productivity.

The social aspect is integrated in all components, which means when the drug reformists are enrolled to them, they are subjected to laboratory and medical check-up to test their health and to find out if they have illnesses.

Next, they will proceed to Metrics Intensive Outpatient Program module where the university provides topic triggers, external, internal cravings every Sunday afternoon at UIC Bangkerohan campus.

In order to become productive, the university engages the students spiritually, which is implemented by the campus ministry and parish. The students are also given economic opportunities where the accountancy and business administration department teaches the students how to do business planning at very minimal capital.

Although the class has ended, Mamon-Umblero said they have an after-care program that continues to ensure that these drug reformists will no longer return in taking illegal drugs.

She added that the next batch of drug dependents seeking to be rehabilitated is waiting and the Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening test is ongoing to determine the level of drug dependency whether low risk, moderate, or high risk.

Mamon-Umblero said they only accommodate low-risk patients, those with moderate dependency to the Department of Health while those high risk are referred to psychiatric center for psychiatric intervention.

The next class will start on the last week of October.

"We want to save lives in this program and have the opportunity to change their lives and be reintegrated in the families and communities," she said.

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