Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation:
As a pioneer organization, APON provide community-based treatment and rehabilitation. APON’s service is open for all social-economic-religious groups, regardless of age or gender. APON believes in rehabilitation of the whole person – the physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and social aspects, so there is no need for a “substitution” drug or a drug using “exchange program”. We help them to exchange a “drug using life” for a “drug free life”. It is true that some have to struggle and have to start all over after a “slip” but many succeeded on one attempt. It is our observation that all were not successful in the same way but all did experience life without drugs for at least six and half-months
APON provide services for male, female and children at its own campus including Half-way House and ODIC.
APON is not only focused on the recovery from the addiction but also on physical fitness, and spiritual and psychological well-being. We identify the root cause of addiction and develop a process to learn all the adaptive coping skills. We have the expertise to create sustainable recovery through an integrated system.
APON has developed its own treatment procedure and daily schedule by combining NA/TC (Narcotics Anonymous / Therapeutic Community) first time in Bangladesh since 1994. We call them Residents (instead of patients) and a member of APON family. All Residents take care of every resident, help each other to mend their attitude, compulsive behavioral disorder, etc. for transforming themselves as good human person. APON operate awareness program about the dark side of drug addiction and drug addiction treatments, rehabilitation, drug related diseases, etc.
Staff members of APON keep themselves busy to keep the residents busy from 6:00 am to 10:00 p.m. Staff members together with responsible residents awaken other residents from the bed, guide/help them to carry on the activities, i.e. obedience in household works, craft works, sit for morning prayer, pre-morning meeting, morning meeting, attend classes, etc. as per set daily schedule.
Duration of Treatment:
Minimum six and half months for Rehabilitation Program. It is not applicable for all clients. It depends on client’s personality, behavior, spiritual, psychological, physiological and mental health development. Follow-up treatment continues as long as the patient & guardians desire.
Pre-Admission: Before admitting a Client, our Internationally Certified addiction professionals counsel with Client’s parents/guardians.
Rescue: On request of guardian/parents and after payment of set rescue fee, APON’s expert team members rescue/collect clients from residence.
After Admission: APON always maintain post admission physical, emotional interview and psychological assessment. After that APON complete Dope Test, ECG, X-ray, COVID-19 Test, etc. of patients.
Detoxification: For the purpose of detoxification and current pandemic situation for covid-19, we isolate a new client for about 15 to 21 days during detoxification process. Detoxification is done by a professional’s prescription. After detoxification period, clients join in our main rehabilitation program. At the same time clients have to go through other medical tests for determining other diseases or medical problems, if any.
Drug History of patient: From the very beginning of treatment, our experienced staff starts conducting motivational discussion with the patients and make them aware of rules and regulations of APON. After few days of admission, we collect history of the patient because it is necessary to follow the drug history as particular elements are the cause for particular diseases
Treatment and Rehabilitation Activities: APON believes that treatment should be available for all drug users/addicts, whatever his financial condition is. APON never deny any drug addict for his financial crisis if s/he is desirous to be cured.
check-up is done every week.
· Community therapy by peer counseling.
· Find out the problems of the client.
· Treatment by Behavior Shaping Tools (BST).
· Spiritual development.
· Skill development.
· Education regarding the adverse effect of drug abuse at deferent system of human bodies.
· Meditation and physical exercise practice.
· Relapse prevention planning.
· Psychiatric evaluation at the end of every month and Counseling.
· Sports and recreation.
· Indoor and outdoor games at center’s own playground.
· Transport service for diagnosis, specialized treatment, etc. from outside hospitals if and when require.
· Support for family reintegration.
APON’s well serve treatment program is mainly based on a multi-disciplinary model. In multi- disciplinary model, APON serves many types of treatment process for the drug/substance addict.
APON’s Model is – NA (narcotic anonymous) program, TC (therapeutical community) program and Sober living program and Behavior change program to stay drug-free. Behavior change program to stay off from drugs includes Group therapy, Peer counseling, Psycho-social education, Spiritual development and Skill training.
Components of Drug
Addiction/Dependency Treatment in APON are: - i) Readiness and willingness of
the clients and their families (ii) Withdrawal Management (iii) Psychosocial
Education for behavior change (iv) Treatment for other illness (v) Relapse
Prevention Planning (vi) Reintegration with the Family and the Society (vii)
Skills for life (viii) Opportunities for Economic Rehabilitation (ix) Aftercare
and Follow up.
After Care Program
Most of the people think that after staying in a rehabilitation center for a certain period of time, treatment is over and the person is cured. This doesn’t always prove to be true. The treatment of Drug Addiction or Mental Illness is a lifetime process where the client must follow certain rules & ethics and their family members have a very important role to play in this process. For that reason, we have developed a total guideline for a client and his/her family.
Morning meeting of residents of APON; it's called assembly of APON. Through this meeting; An addict can enrich himself by freely sharing his good thoughts for himself and others so that they may make a good decision for their life.