Riddhi Pratap Rana confesses that around a decade back, he used to be a drug addict. Yet today, as a clean man, he runs a successful drugs and alcohol rehabilitation center in Kathmandu Valley. “As an ex-user, I felt that it was my duty to open a center that understood the reality of drug addiction” says Mr. Riddhi. Under his initiation the Maya Nepal Rehabilitation Center was established in February, 2006. The center is situated around 6Km South of Kathmandu City at Harisiddhi, Lalitpur.
Maya Nepal operates as a registered Non-Government Organization (NGO). “Drugs and alcohol rehabilitation can’t be done by those who consider profit to be their primary motive” says Krishna Man Maharjan, a senior staff at the center. Hundreds of people have managed to recover from their alcohol or drug addiction under the caring and supportive guidance of Maya Nepal. With a success rate of over 60%, the center has helped hundreds of people rebuild their lives away from their substance addiction. The center can accommodate up to 60 people at a time.
The recovery programs of Maya Nepal are strongly tied with sports, music and meditation. To ensure that the patients have other things to focus away from their addiction during their rehabilitation, the center actively promotes sports and healthy entertainment. Krishna revealed to us that a lot of patients have managed to rebuild their career and lives with active support from the center.
Maya Nepal has also been focusing lately on AIDS rehabilitation. It operates a dedicated center for HIV-AIDS patients in Rajbiraj district, around 100km south of the capital. Its programs on AIDS awareness has been applauded and awarded by several international organizations. Every year, the center organizes about 50 awareness programs across different schools and colleges to make young people and children aware about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, HIV-AIDS and other blood borne diseases.
“I have started to believe in myself. I know that I can rebuild my life again, away from my alcohol addiction when I am out of this center. I hope that my past mistakes are forgiven and I am given the opportunity to lead a normal life in the society”, says a hopeful patient recovering at the center.
There aren’t sufficient number of psychological treatment and rehabilitation facilities for recovering patients with different addictions in Nepal. But even in this context, Maya Nepal has indeed set an example by helping to rebuild the lives of hundreds of people.