My name is Gautam and I am a doctor by profession, I am also a recovering addict. My introduction to the world of addiction/alcoholism came at a very early age as I belonged to a forces background and alcohol was not looked down upon. I must have been 11 years old when I started drinking at home.

My addiction increased when I went to Pune for doing my MBBS and I was introduced to charas, and grass. Slowly Mandarax and later Brown Sugar also came into my life. It is a progressive disease you know. And DISEASE it surely is. As a doctor it was very difficult for me to accept that I had a DISEAS till my family was forced to get me admitted in a rehabilitation centre where I finally accepted.

Though I cannot complain about the treatment facility I was admitted to (as I am clean and sober today) I did feel that there were a lot of things which could be improved upon. So after getting discharged I finished my MBBS training, I hadn’t done my internship training due to addiction, even though I just had to go and show my face for a period of one year – I could not manage that. And after finishing my internship training and getting my license to practice I opened my own treatment facility which I have been running for more than a year. It is a 24/7 job because I have inpatients and I am responsible for them in every respect. Just the other day one patient had hematemesis (vomited blood), he had to be taken to a hospital immediately and luckily he is alive and back with me.

Though it may seem to be a very noble cause but there are selfish motives also behind running the centre, it gives me help in my own recovery and I have been able to turn my liability namely addiction into an asset.

Dr. Gautam Bhatia



When I was in treatment myself (yes, I’m an addict too), I used to always focus on the shortcoming of the place where I took treatment from (though I shouldn’t be complaining as that treatment is working for me six years down the line) and I used to dream about my own place and how I would it run it in a different manner. My prayers were answered and in Feb 2006 I managed to open my own rehabilitation and de-addiction centre and I decided to call it Sahyog which means cooperation.

We have endeavored to provide a caring, healthy and safe environment where patients need to focus only on the treatment, i.e., therapy sessions and not be bothered by other problems. Our team consists of Medical Doctors, experienced councelors and psycho-social therapists who give services with care and support.

 

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