THE local government of Caloocan City has rolled out the first batch of graduates of its Community-Assisted Rehab and Recovery Out-patient Training System (CARROTS) as part of its comprehensive rehabilitation program for drug addicts.
The first batch of CARROTS was produced after Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan immediately convened the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) after his assumption of office in July this year and ordered the speedy implementation of a community-based, out-patient drug rehab program, as the drug rehab building and facilities of the city was just commencing its full-blast construction.
Past Oct. 19, the CADAC has concluded the training of the first batch of CARROTS counselors in Buena Park Sports Complex, University Hills, Caloocan City.
Carrots is a three-day para-counselors’ training attended by chairpersons of barangays and their kagawads for peace and order or health, faith-based groups and community leaders. Resource persons from PDEA, the DILG and PNP taught participants basic knowledge of RA 9165, national and local situtationer about illegal drugs, and how to activate the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) through Operation Masa Masid.
Speakers from Center for Family Ministries and faith-based groups gave valuable insights about the spiritual aspect of the treatment of drug dependents and their co-dependents. The trainees were also educated on the basic science about addiction, its levels and treatment modalities. Addiction psychiatrists from The Medical City conducted workshops to teach the participants about addiction counseling, anger management and relapse prevention.
Carrots is a lecture series that will run in five batches of approximately 100 trainees per batch, from October 17 to Nov. 23, 2016. By the end of the series, all the barangay leaders of Caloocan City will be expected to fully activate their BADACs. This, in turn, will merge with Carrots-trained volunteers in the implementation of community-based rehabilitation programs that is being ran by CADAC, in partnership with local parishes and the barangays of the city.