Amritsar: The first drug rehabilitation centre for women in Punjab will be inaugurated here on May 22. With a capacity of 25 patients at a time, it is being established as separate wing of the already running family rehab home ‘Hermitage’. This wing would be supervised by Dr J P S Bhatia who has chalked a programme that he calls Women Integrated Treatment or WIT. It would be run by a team of 15, including counsellors and even recovering addicts living at the family rehab. State health principal secretary Vini Mahajan would inaugurate the centre, while the guest of honour would be Amritsar Police Commissioner Amar Singh Chahal.
Dr Bhatia describes addiction as ‘allergy of body and obsession of mind.’ “In the WIT programme, we will involve families of woman addicts. This rehab centre would be a residence for them. The arrangement is for 25 patients and they would be charged according to their addiction level; it can be nothing at all, or Rs 15,000 to 60,000 a month,” he added.
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