Staff Reporter

NGO offers free de-addiction treatment

Nagercoil: Children of orphans and semi-orphans at Naduvoorkarai, a tiny village near Mondaicadu in Kanyakumari district, are a happy lot as they celebrated Deepavali in a grand manner after a non-governmental organisation decided to light a lamp in their lives.

There were 35 children, studying in and around Naduvoorkarai, who were the wards of addicts. The NGO decided to conduct competitions including elocution, debate, drawing, essay writing and songs to tap their talents.

The establishment of a de-addiction centre at Naduvoorkarai and Nagercoil by the NGO with assistance from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has come as boon to addicts and to those who depended on them.

The addicts were hopeful of leading a prosperous life after getting treatment, free of cost, at this centre. Treatment would make the alcoholics stop consuming liquor without experiencing severe withdrawal problems.

Drinking even a small quantity of alcohol after years of abstinence would make an addict return to obsessive drinking. Only complete abstinence would arrest the disease, said Arul Kannan, Director of AMK.