Seventeen former drug users have been given a new lease on life after graduating from Bidahan, the community-based treatment and rehabilitation program of the Navotas City Government.
Bidahan participants initially underwent a three-day retreat where they learned about the effects of drugs in their body and ways to avoid getting hooked into substance abuse.
They were also taught proper grooming, healthy lifestyle, and how to value themselves and their loved ones. They then engaged in twice-a-week counselling sessions for six months.
Bidas, as the participants were called, were given random drug testing to check their faithfulness to the program.
“Through the Bidahan, we aim to help our Bidas stop substance abuse and learn to value life,” said Mayor John Rey Tiangco, head of the Navotas Anti-Drug Abuse Council.
“They are struggling to change for the better and redeem themselves. We need to let them see that we are here to support and help them as they go through the road to recovery,” he added.
Since it started in October 2016, the Bidahan program now has 11 batches composed of 287 participants. Of this, 63 have completed the six-month program.