FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ’s related to Substance Addiction

Yes. Apart from strong motivation,proper guidance, medical help and no to all types of drugs, tobacco and liquor are a must.

Our team of qualified addiction counsellors, psychiatrists and medical officers evaluates each and every patient in all respects. Only then the advice for IPD or OPD is given. Consent of the patient and a family member is a must to start the treatment. In the IPD an admitted patient is supposed to stay for a minimum of 4 to 5 weeks. After discharge from the Centre the patient must follow up in the OPD on regular basis and comply with treatment and counseling instructions as advised.

Yes, it is. Ours is a no profit Centre. Poor (BPL card holders)and needy patients are given fee concession.

No. Forcibly picking up an unyielding patient is illegal. However, we can help in enhancing his / her motivational level. where he can seek treatment of his own accord.

Addiction treatment is multi-pronged and usually long term based. Its duration varies from patient to patient.

All the addictive substances or intoxicants are a cocktail of deadly chemicals. The root cause of addiction is these that the intake of these chemicals produce a feeling of euphoria and this abuse tends to repeat the experience. All the intoxicants can be easily stopped under medical guidance.

No. The medicines are prescribed by our doctors who specialize in addiction medicine. The patients are supposed to comply with prescribed dosages and instruction given. Each and every patient is supposed to follow up in the OPD on a regular basis. The prescribed medicine dispel dependence rather than to cause it.

No Rather the consumption of poisonous chemicals in the name of addictive substances would lead to death. Quitting of all substances once and for all time is virtually the best option and saves a patient from the claws of death. Remember that the recovering process progresses faster in the condition of abstinence from all types of intoxicants.

No Opium and Bhukki are addictive substances. It is a misconception that they have any role in the prevention or treatment of any disease.

No Opium is not an alternative to quit alcohol addiction nor is alcohol a treatment to quit opium. Both of these are very addictive chemicals. In the process of quitting alcohol with the help of opium one can get addicted to opium itself, or may be to both alcohol and
opium.

Drug addiction is as a chronic relapsing disorder. There aremany reasons for restart of addictive substances. Most commonly being restart of smoked or non smoked Tobacco, social drinking, and interacting with old addict friends, urge to take the “stuff” just once, “sexual weakness”, body pains, inadequate sleep, disturbed mood. In case of a relapse the family members of the patient must play a proactive role in helping him / her to report back to the addiction
medicine experts and counsellors before much time is lost.

No. Quitting drugs will rather improve sexual function.

If sexual problems occur, do not feel shy and always talk to your doctor and counsellor for help. Never indulge in self-medication or consult quacks or think of restarting drugs or alcohol.

One time or occasional use of the addictive drug and alcohol after De-addiction treatment often derails treated patient’s efforts for achieving drug free life. Such indulgences often get repeated and ultimately lead to full blown relapse.

No. Tobacco is as harmful and addictive, perhaps more, as other drugs like opium, bhukki, heroin, alcohol. cocaine etc.In our country, up-to 40% of the total number of oral cancers is related to tobacco use. All types of tobacco products like cigarette, beedi, zarda, pan-masala and other similar products which are sweetened and flavoured and packed in colourful small packets or sachets etc. must be shunned.

No. Hukka is a pipe like apparatus which is used to smoke tobacco. A hukka user inhales smoke from indirectly burning tobacco. This smoke contains cancer causing ingredients. The water in the lower part of hukka apparatus does not neutralize deadly chemicals from the tobacco smoke.

Yes, Medicines help to check withdrawals. Medicines must not be stopped without consulting the doctor.

“Chitta” (white powdery substance) denotes pure heroin. It is a very dangerous drug. It is a highly addictive substance.
Taking drugs through I.V. route can cause hepatitis A, B, C, HIV (AIDS) and other infections as thrombophlebitis, gangrene and cellulitis.
No. Drug addiction is a chronic and relapsing disorder so treatment is mandatory to save the life of the patient.
Yes. Bhang contains a very potent chemical THC (tetrahydrocannabinols). Repeated exposure of brain to this chemical can cause mental disorder (psychosis).

FAQ’s Related to Donation

Drug Addiction and Alcoholism is a problem of overwhelming importance in Punjab. Akal De Addiction Center is Not for Profit activity of the Kalgidhar Trust, an NGO which has been running numerous social welfare activities since many decades. Akal De-Addiction Center provides Free & Concessional treatment to the underprivileged and deserving patients.
Yes, any donation made to Akal De-Addiction Center will entitle the donor for income tax rebate under section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act.
Yes, you are most welcome to sponsor a patient. The average cost (inclusive of food and medication) is around INR 20,000/- per patient, per month.
No, we solicit donations for any amount.
Yes, you are most welcome.
You may donate through Cash, Cheque/DD, E-Transfer or in Kind (kindly refer our donation page for more details).
Please feel free to call us on the numbers provided at our Contact Us page for any query related to donations.

FAQ’s Related to Volunteerism (Sewa) at Various Centers

Doctors, Psychologists, Nurses, social workers, peer-educators, physical fitness instructors, divinity teachers and the like.
We shall make requisite arrangements as per requirement.
Yes, a certificate of appreciation would be issued.