Anti-Drug Community Network

While many of the programmes run by The Mirror Foundation deal with the problems caused by drug abuse, the Anti-Drug Community Network is the place, for many individuals, where the support process begins. Through drug awareness programmes and community activities, the Network employs the inherent strength of a village as a source of support for those wishing to embark on the frightening and difficult process of healing themselves.

Once an addict has committed himself to recovery, The Mirror Foundation arranges for transport to and treatment at a rehab clinic in Chiang Mai. The cost of rehabilitating one addict is 1,000 Baht, which is paid in combination (according to the circumstances) by the addict himself, contributions from the village and The Mirror Foundation.

After the addict has finished rehabilitation, he must begin the most difficult and risky step in the recovery process: rebuilding his life and re-integrating into the community. The Network assists by holding a series of counselling sessions for the rehabilitated addict and his family to initiate a reconciliation process. The Network also encourages the individual to join an activity-based support network of former addicts in the community. Finally, the Mirror Art Group provides temporary work for the individual through its employment project.

In two years, the programme has assisted three hundred people with the rehabilitation process. In the adjacent village, Ban Huay Khom, ninety percent of households were affected by drug abuse before the programme began. Currently, eighty-five percent of homes are without drug abuse.

 

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