DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)

DARE (Drug & Alcohol Recovery & Education) Network is a grassroots national NGO. DARE Network provides culturally appropriate non-medical treatment & prevention education to reduce substance abuse & associated social issues within the communities of displaced ethnic people from Burma, along the Thai/Burma border. DARE Network envisions the strength of ethnic people from Burma to use the power of recovery from addiction as a non-violent means to resist oppression. A Free Mind Cannot Be Destroyed.
Aug 9, 2016

First Treatment Cycle in Karen State...Ever

DARE Centre, Karen State
DARE Centre, Karen State

On May 10th officials from Karen State in Burma, National League for Democracy representatives, local residents, DARE Network Core staff and the first brave Addiction Workers opened the DARE Network Centre in the jungle.

30 clients began detox and treatment in the bamboo and wooden centre in the mountains, in the western part of Karen State, Burma, near the border with Thailand.

Just as in 2002 when DARE Network received their very first clients in Thailand, people with the most severe addictions were sent for treatment.  Long-term addicts and alcoholics arrived full of fear and drugs and alcohol.  The DARE Network Addiction workers prepared to be tested by the addicts themselves, as well as the communities who helped them come.  Expectations are high and the pressure is on.

The detox is trying for all.  People have been using alcohol all their lives and many are addicted to methamphetamines and opium, as well.  The DARE Addiction workers apply their skills and their tools.  Clients are reassured as the withdrawal symptoms begin.  Assesments are made, decisions are made.  Acupunture is given and herbal medicine dispensed.  Food is offered.  Attention is paid 24 hours a day for the next 10 days.

Most clients start to feel better after a week.  Some are not so lucky and need special care.  One even runs away into the jungle, at night.  The headman of the village and the DARE Staff send out a party to find him, which they do huddling in the forest, not know where he is.  They bring him back safely.  

At DARE there are no bonds, no fences, no locks.  The only chains are a chain of people working together with dedication and love to help people move away from  the chains of addiction.

The next 3 months are filled with education, therapy, art, music, exercise and healthful food.  Families come for visits and can hardly believe the changes in their loved ones.  Their hope is palpable. They are also given education and knowledge of what to expect, how they can help.

And finally, graduation day arrives.  Celebration of recovery.  And now off to their homes and families.

The DARE Staff are tired but satisfied.  A little break and onto the next.

Clients and families
Clients and families
Jun 9, 2016

DARE Network's Annual Report

Even as DARE Network continues to work in the refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border, we are looking forward to carrying our Teens for Kids program over the border into Karen State where we have opened a treatment and training centre in the jungle.

 

20 Villages in Karen State now are providing Prevention Education to their communities, trained by our intrepid DARE Workers. Our next step is to have our Addiction Workers identify some Teen Leaders and start to introduce them to the process of interacting with their Peers.  These kids have never had any kind of contact with the kind of programming offered by DARE Network and the Karen people who work in the organization.

 

Our first tool will be the Frisbee Disc.  We use this tool and the game of Ultimate Frisbee to engage young people, both boys and girls.  Once they are enjoying the game, we add in substance abuse education.  The young people then can share with their families, friends and schoolmates. They can learn what normal drinking is and the great dangers of methamphetamines, heroin and opium.

In the meantime, we want to share with you, our donors, who make it all possible, our 2015 Annual Report.  Please take the time to read it and see what and where you have contributed and how we have used your money. We promise the report is not boring.

THANKS FROM ALL OF US AT DARE NETWORK

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May 17, 2016

DARE Network Opens First Training Treatment Centre

Law La Say and all of our core staff have just returned from Karen State.  We have just opened the first ever Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Training Centre in Karen State, thanks to all of you. The opening ceremony was well attended by local organizations and representatives of the Karen Government.  Please read our 2015 Annual Report .Click on the link and read all about it. It's not boring.

Now our Addiction Workers have begun our first treatment at our new Treatment Centre.  Addicts who inside Burma will no longer have to cross the border into the Thai Refugee camps to get treatment from DARE Network.

Our work continues in the refugee camps as well.  The Thai Government recently announced that repatriation of the refugees will occur within two or three years.  We will see.  In the meantime we are prepared and able to offer our Camp Addiction Workers employment when they finally make it home.


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