ARK Foundation conducts virtual seminar

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/4/2020 10:45:38 AM IST

ARK Foundation in collaboration with Social Welfare department conducted a webinar on “substance use and addiction counselling” with various authorities and staff of juvenile homes/observation/special homes comprising of probation officer, district child protection officers, superintendents, and counsellors across the state.

In a press release, ARK president, Ketho Angami stated that a session was addressed by Raitele Zeliang, programme officer, child protection services, Nagaland who expressed her concern on the need to collectively address the issue of substance use in the state, with a focus on addressing needs of children who were in conflict with the law as a result of drug use.

She shared that the department has come across cases where children were being introduced to drug use and expressed the need of a standardized drug treatment approach to help them get treated.

In the first session, ARK Foundation president gave a general background of the history of drug addiction in the state. In the context of early intervention, he lamented that young adolescents were introduced to drugs at an early stage and that the progression to dependency stage resulted in situations where they come in conflict with the law.

He also shared various harms associated with drug use and that there are various strategies to deal with it. Within this, under the purview of the department, the demand reduction strategy was a crucial role he added. He further shared various programmes and service centres where OST, detoxification and rehabilitation centres are being provided.

During the session “addiction counselling”, Lozua Kape, Prodigals Home shared that young children were seen coming into maximum use of ganja, alcohol, tobacco and dendrites. On exploring about the root cause, she mentioned that one of the reasons were social factors with family atmosphere playing an important role.

She maintained that counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy played an important role as counselling rebuilds them so as to cope with social aspect of their lives. 

Earlier, round of questions and deliberation on action plans was conducted wherein key recommendations on the need to have a specific children rehab centre, to explore on the possibilities with health department to providing a minimal dose of Buprenorphine during their acute withdrawal etc were discussed.


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