June 26, 2019
Trishul Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts, a project of MSCT&RF, provides de-addiction treatment and rehabilitation in Madurai district. Trishul was started in 1995 with a mission to enhance the quality of life of the persons depended on alcohol and drugs through professional interventions.
Trishul is a 30-bed integrated rehabilitation centre for people with addiction. It is supported by the Central Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi. Trishul conducts awareness programs for various target groups including college and school students, workers in industries, SHG members, NGOs, primary health centre staffs, health inspectors and ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife), MNREGA workers, academic staff, parents, teachers and police personnel.
Currently 5900 awareness programmes have been conducted and over 7550 patients have benefited from this de-addiction programme. A unique service component of Trishul is regular follow ups and recognizing recovered persons with addiction who have maintain sobriety for a considerable period.
Multi disciplinary services offered by Trishul include such as detoxification, disulfiram therapy, psycho social treatment, individual counselling, group counselling and AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) groups meetings The mental health professional team includes consultant psychiatrist, medical officer, psychologist, counsellors, social workers, community workers, staff nurses, yoga therapist, peer educator and ward boy.
The World Health Organization declared June 26 as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Trishul celebrates the day every year by organizing awareness and sensitization programmes for various target groups.
This year, Trishul, in collaboration with Madurai Corporation and HCL foundation conducted an awareness program on the theme “Health for Justice, Justice for Health.” The programme sought to increase awareness of alcohol and drug abuse and its prevention among adolescent students of Pandiyan Neduncheliyan Corporation Hr. Sec. School and Bharathidasan Corporation Hr. Sec. School in Madurai.
Mr. Syed Burhan, Head Master of the schools welcomed the gathering
Mrs. P. Vijaya, Corporation Educational Officer, Madurai Corporation, in her felicitation, appealed to the students to protect themselves from the evils of addiction. Mr. D. Samul Ebinasar, Associate Manager, HCL Foundation, delivered the special address. He underscored the commitment of HCL Foundation to students by providing basic amenities in corporation schools including safe drinking water, good sanitation and quality education.
Dr. C. Ramasubramanian, Founder, MSCT&RF, provided an overview of the awareness programme. He also explained the importance of peer support programmes through Happy Schooling and lauded the sustained support of HCL Foundation.
A short film portraying the peer influences, ill effects of drugs and its consequences was screened for students. Mr. K.S.P.J. Babu, Director Programmes, MSCT&RF, facilitated discussions among the students.
Nearly 300 students and 25 teachers participated in this novel initiative. Another highlight of the event was recognizing and honouring Mr. Abdhul Sariff, a person who had recovered from addiction and is sober for a year
Two students Master Santhosh and Master Akash were honoured for their active participation.
Participants collectively took an oath that reiterated their commitment to be addiction-free.
Mr. K. Rajangam, Project Coordinator, Trishul-IRCA proposed the vote of thanks.
In the afternoon session, the Trishul team interacted with students of Bharathidasan Hr. Sec. School on the theme “Say no to drugs.