June 26, 2018
Trishul—Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts, a project of MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation (MSCT&RF), provides de-addiction treatment and rehabilitation in Madurai City. Trishul was started in 1995 with a mission to enhance the quality of life of the persons dependent on alcohol and drugs through professional Interventions.
Trishul is a 30-bed integrated rehabilitation centre for persons with addiction to alcohol and drugs, supported by the Central Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi. Trishul conducts awareness programs for various target groups such as college and school students, industry workers, SHG members, NGOs, Primary Health Centre staff, health inspectors and Auxiliary Nurse Midwifes (ANM), MGNREGS (100 days workers), academic staff, parents, teachers and police personnel.
Currently, Trishul has conducted 5500 awareness Programmes and nearly 7200 patients have benefited from this de-addiction programme. Regular follow ups and recognizing recovered persons with addiction who maintain sobriety for a longer period is a unique service of Trishul.
Services offered by Trishul such as detoxification, disulfiram therapy, psycho social treatment, individual counselling, group counselling and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group meetings with a multi-disciplinary team (Consultant psychiatrist, medical officer, psychologist, counsellors, social worker, community worker, staff nurse, yoga therapist, peer educator and ward boy).
The WHO (World Health Organization) declared June 26 as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (“Drug use disorders are preventable and treatable”)
Trishul – Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts, a project of MSCT&RF, in collaboration with Madurai Corporation celebrated the day with a series of programmes in various zone under Madurai Corporation for the various staff cadre such as sanitary workers, sanitary inspectors and key admin personnel. On June 26, 2018, 80 sanitary Workers of Zone-2, actively participated in the awareness programmes to mark the day.
In the inaugural Aaddress, Dr. Sathish Raghavan, City Health Officer, Madurai Corporation, Madurai, said that the conservatory workers would get the necessary assistance by psychiatrists in Urban Primary Health Centres and, they could be referred to the trust for advanced treatment
A. Palanisamy, Asst. Commissioner, Madurai Corporation Zone 2, Madurai, in his felicitation address, appreciated MSCT&RF for its concern towards the staff of Madurai Corporation.
KSP Janardhan Babu, Director Programmes, MSCT&RF, stressed that addiction is a disease and hence it is necessary to raise awareness of drug abuse among urban youth in the community. He also appealed to participants to become effective parents and thereby enable their children to become mature and responsible individuals.
M. Ramu, Sr. Consultant, MSCT&RF, appealed to conservancy workers to take this message to several households and bring about positive changes in the lives of others. Further he dispelled several myths and misconception around de-addiction treatment and explained the key mechanisms of detoxification process.
As a part of the event, Vijay Baskar, a recovered person, was recognised for maintaining sobriety for more than one year. He appealed to participants to avoid should becoming victims of addiction as he was stigmatised by his own family members. However, today he proudly claims that he has become an active member in the AA forum which is a support group for persons recovering from alcohol dependence that meets every month at the Trishul premises.
Ms. Meena, a care giver, sang an awareness song portraying the ill effects of Alcohol and Drugs of the family. Participants collectively took an oath that reiterated their commitment to be addiction-free.
P. Rajangam, Senior Social Worker, Trishul, welcomed the gathering and Siva Subramaniam, Sanitary Officer, proposed the vote of thanks.
Earlier three such awareness programmes was held under various Zone of Madurai Corporation to mark the De addiction Day and nearly 250 sanitary workers actively participated.