Community prevention education reaches beyond those addicted to their families, friends and neighbors. The work of the DARE network reaches thousands of people in camps on the Thai-Myanmar border and inside Myanmar.
The Prevention, Education and Training program will provide treatment cycles, prevention education to schools and communities and train addiction workers.
The treatment cycle is a 90-day residential program consisting of detoxification, recovery, relapse prevention and reintegration. The program will benefit 100 men, women and youth directly and indirectly benefit 600 family members of those in treatment.
The DARE network success rate of over 60% is high and largely due to the social reintegration aspect of the program that ensures respect for those recovering.
Prevention education will be provided to communities through women’s support groups, community-wide events and awareness campaigns in 5 camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. Posters and flyers are used to disseminate information about various substance abuse issues. The campaign will reach up to 22,000 people.
The permanent DARE trainers will provide training to new addiction workers as well as refresher training for those already volunteering. There are currently 5 camp-based trainers and one master trainer who provide ongoing training services that will reach more than a hundred people.
The wife of a previous client who received treatment said “Before my husband went to the treatment centre, I was unhappy. I felt as if my house was torn apart, and we were fighting constantly. When he returned back home everything had changed. Life before, and life after, cannot be compared. I was so happy to see this change in his life, and now we could build a new future together.’
Many refugees have been living in the camps on the Thai-Myanmar border for more than 20 years and this leads to despair and violent outbursts. Addiction can be a temporary means of escape that leads to violence, abuse and crime.
As people begin to return home to Myanmar it is essential to ensure that communities are ready to rebuild communities and resist the pressure created by the drug trade in the region.