|Project||DRUG REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME (DRAP)|
To touches several aspects of rehabilitating drug addicts, helping them to regain their self-esteem and assisting them to return to society
|Project Partners||Agensi Dadah Negara, ADK|
Conducted Humanitarian and Outreach, Medical, Training and Awareness, and Economic.
|Locations||Rumah Azha, Hulu Langat|
|Period||January 2003 - 2004|
The DRAP programme benefits from the voluntary participation on former drug addicts, who provide valuable insight of drug addiction and the challenges that they confront during and after recovery. Gradually, the volunteers, or as we fondly refer them as ‘sahabat’ (which means buddy), will take on the role of training new sahabats and reformers.
Humanitarian and Outreach Programme
This programme reaches out to active drug addicts, where MERCY Malaysia volunteers, sahabats and members of ADK set out to sites frequented by the addicts. The objective is to persuade them to seek rehabilitation, and eventually, leave addiction.
Participants begin with distributing food and drinks, and slowly advance on to giving them advice on ways to overcome drug MERCY Malaysia organised programmes in conjunction with the World Anti Drugs Day addiction. Consequently, the volunteers will try to encourage the addicts to join a drug rehabilitation centre.
Trust is an important aspect of this programme, and success depends largely on gaining the confidence of addicts. Here, the presence of recovering or former drug addicts plays a very important role in convincing active addicts that they can actually leave behind the life of addiction and embrace a life without drugs.
Some of the Outreach Programmes have been quite successful, with occasions that drug addicts actually waited for the arrival of the outreach team with the intention to join a rehabilitation programme.
Medical Programmes normally run concurrently with Training and Awareness Programmes. These are mostly held in privately run rehabilitation homes, such as the one in Rumah Azha in Hulu Langat which is managed by our sahabats.
During these sessions, MERCY volunteer doctors provide outpatient treatment to the sahabats. Medicine is dispensed, and is sometimes accompanied with food distribution. It is hoped that by providing them medical aid, this improved standard of healthcare would contribute to the quality of their recovery.
Training and Awareness Programme
The Training and Awareness programme normally starts with a talk and is proceeded by consultation sessions. These sessions aim to deal with the emotional aspect of rehabilitation and provide insights on how to overcome the lows of rehabilitation and recovery. This also provides an avenue for them to vent their frustration, followed by constructive advice on how to tackle their anxiety. These gatherings are held to create positive and healthy interactions between the sahabats and our volunteers, to raise their self-assurance as a means to promoting future relations with the rest of the community.
As part of our psychological assistance, we couple the sahabats and orphans in an event called Riang Ria Raya, held every Ramadhan. On this day, sahabats befriend orphans as they spend time together, bonding and creating a brotherly relationship, while participating in the day’s activities. In 2004, Riang Ria Raya was held in Jusco Store, where the organisation sponsored many gifts and the meal for breaking fast. They were also entertained by Jusco Store’s ambassador, songstress Siti Nurhaliza.
Hidup Merdeka Tanpa Dadah is one of the activities that was organised to encourage them to be economically independent. In conjunction with National Day, an event was held where the sahabats run their own stalls selling merchandise, food and drinks. During 2004, sahabats also participated in events organised by ADK.