Drug control strategies employed by the initiative
Uhai Centre employs preventive communication, motivation & mentorship as key strategies in implementation of our core objectives.
Our initiative is founded on 4 Pillars:-
Demand Reduction Pillar
Consists of Public Education, Research & Policy development, Treatment & Rehabilitation. This will be achieved by educating vulnerable populations on dangers of and the correlation of alcohol and drug abuse and HIV&AIDS and other illnesses by providing necessary support services to those already affected directly and indirectly.
Currently, we are running a mentorship and awareness creation programme in all schools within Kiambu county teaching life skills and coping mechanisms. We have a resource information book on alcohol and drug abuse.
Uhai center has also participated in policy development at national level during NACADA conferences, trained trainers of trainers (TOT) at Jungle Mac’s EPZ and developed Alcohol and Drug Workplace Policy for several institutions.
Advocacy, Research & Education Pillar
A large population especially youth get into drugs due to lack of information, coping mechanisms and basic life skills.
Despite lots of research being conducted and documented on drug abuse, majority of the people living with ADSA victims do not understand the nature of addiction which is a brain disease and are therefore, unable to provide the required support to persons with substance use disorders.
Education on alcohol and drug abuse to all persons including most at risk school going children is therefore very critical.
Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Pillar
We help prevent initiation of anti-social behaviors (premarital sex, experimentation with alcohol and drugs) through creating awareness/sensitizing vulnerable populations on dangers associated with ADSA.
Our treatment and rehabilitation services are both residential and non-residential, with residential being most preferred by identified willing persons at favorable cost.
However, the initiative considers group and individual counseling important and subsequent referrals to treatment facilities where necessary. Social support networks is critical in the re-integration of rehabilitee back to the community
Employee Assistance Programme
This initiative works with employer/employee assistance and targets corporate organizations. It is founded on the principle of confidentiality (in information sharing and records). It further seeks to integrate family, colleagues through peer support.
This initiative is designed to disseminate information on rehabilitation, re-lapse prevention as well as overseeing counselling, and treatment which are adapted to the individual needs. EAP services are not be limited to Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Abuse problems only but also incorporate other psychosocial issues impeding on an employee’s performance such as family issues (Relationships), HIV and AIDS, stress, self-care and time and financial management.
Desired image and position in the community
UHAI Centre in partnership with Jungle Foundation has initiated school education programs on alcohol and drug abuse in Kiambu County public primary schools, and we are striving hard to maintain leadership interventions through demand reduction programmes.