We work with the Youth Vision Drug Rehab Center, which has a program designed for young Nepali men who have substance abuse problems. (Additionally, about half these men are HIV positive and/or infected with Hepatitis C.) We offer group therapy sessions, followed up with personal counseling.
The group therapy session usually begins with a rousing time of musical inspiration, majoring on songs with a positive theme of commitment and encouragement. These boys have admitted and taken personal responsibility for their problems and are determined to fight their drug addiction. But, true to human nature, they tend to stumble and fall sometimes and need lots of encouragement to keep going. Following the musical element of the group session, we provide a motivational theme to boost their inner belief that they can do it and come out even wiser and stronger than before.
In Pokhara, a major city 8 hours away from Kathmandu, some of the graduates have started a support group for other graduates. Many of the young men originate from Pokhara and when they return to their homes, the negative peer pressure of old friends and acquaintances is often too hard for them to cope with, and there were relapses. Some of the young leaders of the group decided to start a support group there, like a club where they can meet, talk, do activities together, and are able to help each other.
We maintain contact with the founders of the group and supply them with reading material and motivational classes for all the men. With this added input, this support group has suffered fewer relapses.