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The family of the chemically dependent person is a set of hurt, confused people. They are victims of addiction who do not use chemicals, but are nevertheless victimized by the drug. These people are rarely treated as individuals who need help. They are rarely given a personalized recovery programme for their problems and pain. The pathetic truth is that they are also desperately in need of proper help, support and understanding. In their efforts to protect themselves from the pain of the disease, they would have developed their own emotionally insufficient ways of coping with the problem.

The first step towards recovery is to appreciate the enormity of the problem experienced by the family and educate themselves towards implementing the desired behavioral changes. Family support is an essential ingredient in the recovering person’s journey to recovery. The best that the family can do is to be constructive towards their loved one and support his/her treatment programme. The family needs to help the addict remain focused during the treatment process. All the family members must remain firm in impressing upon the addict to complete his treatment.

The journey to recovery can only succeed with the full and active participation of the family members. Treatment is only the first step of the long road to recovery. We believe that rehabilitation in true sense is within the community which one belongs to, thus it becomes necessary that the same community understand an addict, the pain, shame and guilt he goes through and how they will deal with him after he completes his treatment. This has been the main aim of our family assistance programme.



Family association meetings are held on every Saturdays in Delhi and alternate Sundays in Kotdwar (Uttranchal) and Patiala (Punjab). The purpose behind organizing these meetings is to provide a platform to these family members where they can share their feelings and take back ‘hope’ and ‘happiness’. These weekly sessions help them a lot in going past their initial shock and their own stage of denial.

These meetings also teach them how to extend healthy support and do away with enabling attitudes that may hamper their recovery. In keeping with our concept that addiction is a family disease, during any one-year we hold 84 (approx) family assistance meetings and reach out to 4500 (approx.) direct and indirect beneficiaries.


Eakta Samuhu is a family support group comprises of family members who’s loved one’s are now in recovery. In the initial stages, this group provides support to the family members to overcome from the feelings of guilt, shame, hurt, anger, grief, fear, and loneliness.

Through dialogue and discussions, the group prepares them for the responsibility of being a constructive force and support to the program.

This way they are all focused in their resident’s treatment and they remain firm in impressing upon him to complete his treatment program.



SHAFA NATYA MUNCH - “Andit spread by work of mouth…”

Shafa Natya Manch is a street theatre group of the recovering addicts, which uses theater as a mode to spread correct information thus breaking the larger myth of “once an addict, always an addict”. Again it’s a step towards self-reliance and re-establishing them back into the society. This theatre group also raises funds for sustaining their efforts. Plays have proved to be very effective medium of expression.

Plays on drug addiction, AIDS awareness and other social issues involve both imagination and knowledge about the concerned topic. Recovering drug-dependents who now act as volunteers at SHAFA narrate their experiences with the help of plays. It gives an opening to their hidden traumatic experiences and leads to catharsis. The audience on the other hand has a leeway into the inner world of an addict. This has been the main aim of our family assistance programme.



The staff of shafa comprises of recovering addicts and thus gets benefited from the trainings organized in and out of house. Various trainings were facilitated and organized by SHAFA staff:

 Mr. Rajeev Gosain and Ms. Seema Singh participated in the training on “Volunteer Management” organized by iVolunteer.

One Senior Counselor Mr. Ravinder Singh Sansanwal and one trainee staff Mr. Naresh Bansal attended three days training programme organized by Family Planning    Association of India, Delhi on “Reproductive and sexual health rights of responsibilities”.

Mr. Ravinder Singh Sansanwal took part in a two-days training on “Counseling Techniques” organized by Young Men’s Christian Association.

Mr. Ranjan Dhar, CEO was invited to Tata Institute of Social Sciences and presented a paper on “Basic Elements of TC” there.

 In a move to control the spread of HIV/AIDS Mr. Anil Wali represented the organization in the Panel Discussion organized by FPAI, Delhi on World AIDS DAY.

 YMCA invites SHAFA’s counselors regularly to provide training to women on “Dealing with the problem of Drug Addiction” in its communities.

 Ms. Seema Singh represented the organization in the Conference on “Family Support Network Group” at Colombo, Srilanka .


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