4th April, 2018: An interactive session on De addiction of drugs and alcohol with former drug addicts cum members from Addiction Free India Association was held at Dekyi Tsering Hall on 4th April 2018. In consultation with the school head, Addiction Free India Association organized this session. It is a new NGO initiated by Mr. Chemi Dorjee, the Counselor cum Head of the AFIA. Their mission is to Save Life and Say No to Drugs and Alcohol.
Mrs. Nawang Lhamo, the School Principal gave a welcome speech followed by Mr. Chemi Dorjee who gave a brief introduction of AFIA and its related activities. Master. Devanash, Mr. Kapil, Mr. Abhishek, and Mr. Chemi Dorjee are the members of this organization. Unlike other speakers, they are not scholars or experts but they are all former drug addicted victims who have undergone unimaginable problems in the prime of their life. But by dint of their strong determination and good guidance, all of them managed not only to quit the drugs but they came forward to share their experiences so that they could save many people from the jaws of death and miserable life. There was pin drop silence and the students listened with rapt attention when each member started sharing their grueling experiences.
Their messages were loud and clear. Master Devansh said “ I didn’t know how things ran out of my hand. I was in my own world, own thought. Luckily, after many efforts, I was able to come out of addiction like a proverbial “Even after the darkest night, there comes a full moon” Drugs aren’t cool. Respect your near and dear one and people around you”. Kapil, the only and the spoiled child of the rich family said, “I had multiple addictions. I was often out of mind. I couldn’t work, eat or play. I was often on liquid diet. I took several treatments but I never got cured because I didn’t get right guidance, teacher or a dieticians. Finally, through meditation, I was able to quit addiction. I am feeling free and fine now. Even if I can help one person from you, that will be my spiritual help.” Abhishek, a medical student who was obsessed with multiple drugs for many years said “I was so obsessed with drugs that I can’t live without it, I can kill anyone for drugs. Half of my body was damaged. After several treatments, I was cured. Remember, drugs are not cool. It will lead you to a painful death.” Mr. Chemi Dorjee, the founder of the AFI said “I was into drugs for 13 long years. I was infected with TB two times and I was away from my children, wife and parents for many years. Much to my annoyance, I couldn’t fulfill my father’s hope and aspirations in me. I was considered as the black sheep of the family. It hurted me immensely. But today I am here and I want my message to get across you. The pain which I have been through may not be experienced by you all. So please share our experiences of pain so that many people can get long time gain. Save Life and Say No to drugs and Alcohol.”
We saw good interaction between the organizer and the students. Mr. Chemi Dorjee wrapped up their talk by highlighting on important and specific topics like causes, signs and symptoms, treatments, hopes and messages on how to deal with the drug and alcohol addicted people. The presentation came to an end with a video clipping on “A Spiritual Perspective On Consumption of Alcohol” by SSRP Production.
In appreciation of their meaningful talk, Mrs. Tenzin Choekyi, the Head Mistress of our school profoundly thanked Mr. Chemi Dorjee and his team and implored everyone to learn from their experiences. Mr. Tsultrim Dorjee, the Director of the school did the honour of offering traditional white scarf and a handsome gift money to the organizer. The awareness campaign on drug and alcohol addiction came to an end with photo session with AFIA members and the school Heads. In nut shell, the talk proved very meaningful and practical which is very much evident from the level of participation from the audience.
Reported by: Choephel Shonsang (Mr.)