TREATMENT & REHABILITATION IN BANGLADESH
I came to know about this from a post in Marina Mahathir’s blog. She is now in Bangladesh and she has posted some interesting insights from her visit:
Here, a small group of doctors and counsellors help drug users get off their addiction and also educate them about HIV. Housing both male and female drug users for three months, the doctors and staff work to not only get their residents off drugs but also to get them jobs after rehabilitation as well as reunite them with their families. Those who have family support afterwards tend to stay off drugs much longer than those who don’t.
I sat with the residents to ask them how they felt being there. It was easy to tell who had been there a while and who had just arrived. The former looked healthier and calmer while the more recently-arrived looked thin and more nervous. They all seemed to know exactly how many days they had been in there, readily answering ’84 days’ or ’19 days’ as the case may be. But they seemed to be universally appreciative of the opportunity to get their lives back, as well as to be in a safe place with decent medical care and food.
There’s a newspaper/magazine link about that treatment centre there: The CREA-Modhumita HIV prevention and treatment centre in Lalbagh, Dhaka. Interestingly, it is dated November 25, 2005. “
Interestingly”? Yes, to me at least. I remember very clearly that I was in my third day at the “Orientasi B” hostel at Pusat Serenti Gambang. After two weeks in detox upon arriving, I was then sent to this hostel for the “botak” (baldies) or newcomers. This was one of the two hostels for those in Phase One (red shirt). To help reduce the number of runaways, the gate to these hostels was locked.
I had stayed there until 15 Feb 2006, upon promotion to Phase Two (yellow shirt), and moved on to the hostel that was to remain as my home until I left Gambang – Cendana. Ah, now you all know why I’ve chosen this handle for myself. I have fond memories of it, and the Orientasi “B” hostel too.