More drug users to un­dergo com­mu­nity-based re­hab pro­gram

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AROUND 60 per­sons with sub­stance use dis­or­der (PSUDs) in Baguio City are sched­uled to un­dergo com­mu­nity-based drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion mod­u­lar ses­sions for the sec­ond quar­ter of this year con­ducted by the city so­cial wel­fare de­vel­op­ment of­fice (CSWDO) un­der the lo­cal govern­ment’s In­te­grated Par­tic­i­pa­tory Com­mu­nity Build­ing Pro­gram (IPCB).

So­cial wel­fare of­fi­cer IV Liza Bu­lay­on­gan said the ses­sions will start on May 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the CSWDO and ev­ery Thurs­day, there­after, and will in­clude lec­tures on fam­ily, faith, ef­fects of il­le­gal drugs and more.

Bu­lay­on­gan added re­source per­sons will come from the CSWDO, Health Ser­vices Of­fice, Baguio City Po­lice Of­fice, non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions and other faith­based com­mu­ni­ties.

The CSWDO ear­lier re­vealed 368 PSUDs com­pleted their ses­sions as of Fe­bru­ary of this year while 126 were turned-over to the Fam­ily Life Re­source Cen­ters (FLRCs) for Phase II of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Ma­jor­ity of the PSUDs who fin­ished their re­hab pro­gram un­der the IPCB are self­em­ployed if not reg­u­larly em­ployed prior to sur­ren­der where 55 availed of the city’s self-em­ploy­ment as­sis­tance.

CSWDO head Betty Fan­gasan said PSUDs are ac­tive in church ser­vices and other so­cial ac­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and have be­come ac­tive co-fa­cil­i­ta­tors in the FLRCs and in­volved in the city’s ad­vo­cacy on drug preven­tion in barangays and schools.

Fan­gasan added mi­nor PSUDs con­tinue

their school­ing while out of school youths are in­volved in youth ac­tiv­i­ties con­ducted by her of­fice and the barangays.

PSUDs also at­tend main­te­nance ses­sions con­ducted by the Al­co­holics Anony­mous, Nar­cotics Anony­mous and Seren­ity in the Steps.

Fan­gasan as­sured that PSUDs are con­tin­u­ously as­sisted by the CSWDO, FLRCs and barangays for ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vices needed. Gaby Keith

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