There were exactly 300 addicts who got admitted as
in-patients at Asha Kiran de-addiction centre during this
financial year. They came not only
from the State of Karnataka's 14 districts but also from the
States of Tamilnadu and Maharashtra. The in-patients usually
stay for a period of 3 weeks. The treatment consists in initial
screening to rule out any communicable diseases and other major
diseases. Once they are admitted, the de-toxification and
medication to overcome physical and mental obstacles towards
recovery. There are educational sessions on various aspects of
alcoholism and its related behaviour. There are group therapies
conducted everyday to help the addicts to overcome their inner
problems, grief, shame, anxiety, anger, fear etc. and thus build
up confidence and build up a healthy personality. Yoga and
Meditation help them to concentrate on their mental and physical
strength and also have faith in a Higher Power.
It is performed by the trained and experienced counsellors.
It helps them to understand themselves and their problems and to
redeem themselves from all that enslaves them. Three experienced
counselors meet the addicts at least five times during the
period of 21 days. They watch TV and Videos, listen to music,
have common recreation, indoor and outdoor games, and work in
Every Sunday this meeting is conducted. In it the addicts
have an occasion to share their experiences. The recovered
addicts (ex-addicts) also participate in this meeting which
helps the in-patients to build up confidence and to remain
The follow up programme is a main component in the process
of remaining sober. After the addict is discharged from the
centre he is encouraged to visit the centre every month. Those
who fail to do so, are telephonically reminded or visited
personally to ensure that they remain sober. There had been 465
addicts who came for the follow up during this financial year.
It is a part of the programme of the centre. The family
members of the addict especially if married the spouse is met
and counselled to know them in the family and how they can
co-operate for mutual up building.
These were conducted to the GN students of Nirmala Hospital
in the month of June 08. An awareness programme was held in
August for the locals. 30 participants took active part in it.
Again two awareness programmes were organized at Mulki in the
months of February and March 09 in which 95 participated.
Fr. Deepak went to Delhi for a three months training
programmes organized by NISD from September to December 08. On
December 28th TTK Resource team came to Asha Kiran to give a
day's training programme on the basics of counselling
techniques. The counselling staff from five different centres
namely Shimoga, Chitradurga, Hassan, Davangere and Chikmagalur
participated. Sr. Bernardine Project Director of Puttur
de-addiction centre gave a half day's programme on the relapse
mechanism and how to deal with withdrawal symptoms to the staff
of Asha Kiran on 26-06-08. She took a half a day's session to
the patients (addicts) at Asha Kiran.
It was on the 16th of November. It was a well organized
programme. V. Rev. Fr. Vincent Furtado, the President of CKSK
Society, presided over the function. Mrs. Rita Madtha, the
Deputy Director of Women & Child Welfare Department of Shimoga
District was the Chief Guest. All enjoyed the speeches and the
cultural items. There were around 350 recovered addicts with
their families who attended the programme. The sober addicts
were felicitated with games and with prize distribution the
Day by day the demand for admission also increases and we
are distressed to send many back especially those coming from a
long distance and from other districts. Here we are faced with
the problem of increase in the number of addicts in the society
and of finding out the root cause and of tackling it. We have
planned a number of programmes on the school and college levels
so that the younger generation do not fall victim to this
Periodically the staff from Directorate of Women and Child
Welfare, Shimoga District comes for inspection and gives their
valuable suggestions to improve our ministry and to be more
efficacious, to the society and to the addict. We express our
thanks and gratitude to them.
Asha Kiran has a full fledged staff consisting of 12
persons. Their selfless services are gratefully acknowledged.
CKSK Society remains ever indebted to MSJE for the grant and
support they give to run this apostolate effectively. Society is
also indebted to the numerous benefactors and well wishers,
sponsors who through their generosity and sacrifices contribute
their mite to run the Centre with ease.