Art of living to hold maha samellan against drug addiction

Art of Living,Ludhiana,a non-government organisation,is all set to hold the maha sammelan comprising those who recovered from drug adddiction,on November 10 at village Jarkhar sports stadium.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published:August 20, 2010 4:53 am

Art of Living,Ludhiana,a non-government organisation,is all set to hold the maha sammelan comprising those who recovered from drug adddiction,on November 10 at village Jarkhar sports stadium. Called nasha hatao,Punjab bachao,the sammelan will be attended by Guru Ravi Shankar,founder of Art of Living. Disclosing this in a press conference on Thursday,Pardeep Chaudhary,national team member of the de-addiction programme,said: “Art of Living has been spearheading the de-addiction programme in Punjab since 2007. During this period,150 villages were covered through 80 camps to reach out to a record number of drug addicts. Of these,70 per cent have recovered from addiction,which is a big achievement.” He said these camps were essentially community intervention models,combining spirituality with modern medicine. “Typically,an advance team of volunteers identifies a cluster of villages where addiction is high. Then,nav chetna shivirs are conducted. With the community bonding,patients are inspired to come forward for treatment. The camp involves medical treatment for de-addiction under a psychiatrist,free medicines,and teaching Art of Living Sudarshana Kriya. Everything is free of cost,” he said.

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