Our aim is to integrate drug abuse information, education and life skills education services into the scope of work of organizations by offering both in-service training on technical information as well as on life skills required to meet each institution’s particular needs.
Capacity building focuses on understanding the obstacles that inhibit people, the government, organizations, and the community from reaching their goals and enhancing skills and abilities which would enable these groups to achieve measurable and sustainable results. This is accomplished by providing resources and most effectively providing training on life skill and drug demand reduction.
Capacity building trainings also enhance personal and community resilience, making individuals able to cope with stressful situations more productively with greater results. In Community capacity building, DFPF aims to strengthen the skills, competencies and abilities of people and communities in the society to overcome drug abuse problems by enabling people to develop a sense of responsibility to play their part in preventing drug abuse and addiction. This involves understanding addiction as a disease, developing a society that fosters wellbeing and empathy, and removing the stigma attached to addiction.
DFPF provides needs-specific trainings to improve the skills of those in the medical, educational, law enforcement and non-profit community. Through our training services teachers, doctors, community health workers, social workers, police officials, community leaders and religious leaders learn how to strengthen their role in drug demand reduction, while also learning about the issues that surround drug abuse.
Collaboration with other organizations
Training health professions 2. Training law enforcement agents 3. Training recovering addicts 4. Empowering and educating codependent family members 5. Strengthening the role of media personnel in Drug Demand Reduction 6. Religious scholars’ conference against drugs 7. Training community leaders on Drug Demand Reduction in respective areas
DFPF collaborates with various organizations and sectors to organize Awareness Raising and Training Programs with NGO’s and Government Organizations, including:
- Ministry of Education
- City Government
- Anti Narcotics Force R.D. Sindh
- Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Karachi
- Government Organizations
- Non-Government Organizations
- National Institute of Labor Administration and Training (NILAT)
- Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FPCCI)
- Ministry of Labor
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Social Welfare
- Law Enforcement Agencies
Strengthening the role of Media Personnel in Drug Demand Reduction
Drug Demand Reduction is a goal that cannot be achieved alone, requiring the help of as many people from the society as possible, whether it be individually, collectively, behind the scenes or on the forefront. Understanding this, DFPF collaborates with print and electronic media agencies to create awareness. Media conferences, seminars and social gatherings provide a platform for media personnel to come forward and understand the new approaches and strategies in Drug Abuse Prevention and Drug Demand Reduction, serving as a bridge between the media and community.
Print and Electronic Media personnel are also invited in our programs to highlight the importance of events. Some of our program objectives include:
1. To spread the message of drug abuse prevention among media personnel.
2. To provide a forum for extensive exchange of ideas relating to drug abuse prevention for the representatives of media.
3. To identify the role of media in drug abuse prevention by media personnel.
4. To identify and promote renewed strategies for drug abuse prevention.
5. To develop and strengthen a relation between communities and media against drug abuse.
Religious Scholars Conference against Drugs
Faith and spirituality have proven to play an important role in recovery and relapse prevention when working with addicts. They also play an important role in prevention of substance abuse on a whole. Faith-based organizations and religious leaders have shown their growing interest in Drug Demand Reduction in our society. Thus, we work to integrate drug abuse prevention and after-care programs into madrassas and Islamic schools.
Drug Free Pakistan Foundation aims to mobilize faith-based organizations, religious leaders, and scholars to play their part in the society by positively influencing the youth in their communities to take part in healthy activities and steer clear of drug use. These leaders provide guidance and help to the youth to lead a positive and constructive lifestyle.
DFPF is working on involving faith-based organizations, religious leaders and scholars of other religions to join in on the war against drugs as well.
In the coming months DFPF will be organizing a national level conference on the role of Religious Scholars in drug abuse prevention which will have following objectives:
- Searching for more innovative and culturally appropriate approaches in tackling the escalating drug problem.
- Utilizing the mosque as a center for drug abuse prevention.
- Emphasizing the importance of faith-based approaches in preventing drug abuse in communities.
- Recognizing the necessity of religious leaders engaging in drug abuse prevention programs.
- Developing an active network of religious leaders who can assist in Demand Reduction programs.
Training Community Leaders on Drug Demand Reduction
DFPF organizes educational and motivational programs for community leaders, offering trainings, lectures and seminars with the aim of empowering people to prevent their families, community and residential areas from drug abuse and addiction.
Through our motivational programs, an escalating number of community support groups have been formed and are active in community based drug treatment and rehab programs. Our training programs and technical assistance has supported many community leaders to increase the number of self-help community drug treatment and rehab centers, free of charge, to recoveries and addicts in their own areas. As we see higher success rates in this domain, we continue to expand our service network throughout Karachi.
Training and Supporting Recovering Drug Addicts
Drug Free Pakistan Foundation has been involved in arranging different activities of recovery, re-integration and education for drug addicts through training workshops, seminars on drug education, and Life Skills Education. The main goal is to motivate and encourage recovering drug addicts to work the program to remain clean and sober, and educate them of the disease of addiction, its consequences, and other topics such as education on HIV/AIDS and STD prevention.
The organization continues to formulate support groups for recovering drug addicts, their families, and the community, understanding that the disease of addiction is not exclusive just to the addict, but is a disease which affects everyone around him/her. These supports groups serve as the backbone of the success in Drug Addiction Prevention.
Several sessions are held regularly to encourage recovering addicts who express their determination towards sustainability of recovery:
1. Life skills education training
2. Recovering Symposiums
3. Recovering celebrations
4. Lectures on HIV/AIDS and STDs
5. Seminar on Relapse Prevention
6. Lectures on Re-integration of recovering in family and community
7. Strengthening the network of self-help groups
Empowering and Educating codependent family members
Co-dependency is simply defined as “the need to be needed”, and is a disease that goes hand-in-hand with addiction. Co-dependents are often found in addicted families, serving as the other half of the equation that allows the addict to continue using without having to face the consequences of their addiction and are often caught in a losing battle with the addict. Co-dependents have a tendency to take the blame and responsibility for the addict’s failures and problems, and ultimately become unable to lead their own independent lives. In a way, co-dependents are addicted to the addict.
DFPF organizes workshop and seminars for codependent family members to understand the concept of drug addiction and codependency and help them take charge of their own lives again and separate from the drug addict. They are also made to understand how they can play their role Drug Demand Reduction. These sessions focus on Co-dependency, Drug Education, Life Skills Education, Motivational Interviewing, and DDR.
We also continue to form support groups for recoveries, their families, and the community to continue providing support multi-dimensionally to promote an empathic and supportive environment for the addict and all those affected by them.
Different courses have been introduced for family education including;
The Role of Families in Drug Abuse Prevention
Assertiveness Skills Training
Codependents Anonymous Program
Parenting Skills courses
Understanding the Disease Concept Codependent Family Members
Understanding Addiction as a Family Disease and Codependency
Family Recovery Issues — Understanding Personal Recovery