A group of 'once-addicts-now-successful-abstainers' were felicitated in an alcohol de-addiction awareness programme organised by CybageAsha, the corporate social responsibility wing of Cybage Software at Khulewadi slums, near Kharadi recently.
The programme was organised to felicitate those who had sincerely battled alcoholism at the alcohol de-addiction centre run by CybageAsha and emerged victorious.
The alcohol de-addiction centre is run at Khulewadi. The centre works toward motivating alcohol addicts to kick the habit and lead an addiction-free life.
Presently, there are around 15 alcohol addicts, out of whom eight are regular patients and have been treated completely.
Through this programme, former alcohol addicts were asked to share their experience so that more people are inspired to join the programme and benefit from it.
One of the beneficiaries of the programme said, “I work as a painter at a nearby construction site on a daily wage. Prior to the treatment, I consumed alcohol daily. Due to my habit, my family suffered a lot. I could not pay for my children’s education and was disrespectful to my wife. But, with treatment and family support, I have absolutely stopped drinking and I pledge I will not touch it in future.”
“Every addict is different and they tend to react differently. It is amazing to see that the efforts taken by our volunteers in conducting door-to-door drives to identify alcohol addicts, creating awareness, counselling and follow-ups, have borne fruits and is changing the lives of many addicts,” said Ketan Parekh, engagement manager, Cybage, and active CybageAsha member.
This programme is also aimed at improving the confidence of de-addicts. A former addict who was felicitated said, “For the past one year, I haven’t had a sip of the evil drink. This was all possible due to the efforts of CybageAsha and services of the doctor. I appeal to my friends to follow in my footsteps and lead an addiction-free life.”