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

1. Complete medical evaluation - history of acute medical, emotional, social problems.  Interview with family for collaborative data.
2. Detoxification – appropriate medication to reduce withdrawal symptoms lasting for 10 – 15 days (depending upon pt response)
3. Inpatient programme – rebuilding life, therapeutic community experience on daily basis for minimum three months
4. After-care – follow-up to help the transitory process
5. Relapse prevention programme
  Basis of Therapy
  The Hazelden model of rehabilitation is followed for a minimum period of three months and the daily routine is structured so that the patients are engaged in a productive manner at all times. Besides sessions which are held in groups, individual counseling on one on one basis is also imparted.
  Time Table
MON Wake Up
TUES " " " " " " " " Meeting
WED " " " " " " " " Inv
THU " " " " " " " " Meeting
FRI " " " " " " " " Inv
SAT 7:30 7:45 " " Free Input Free Free M. Making
SUN " " " " Free Free Free Free Free
  Breakfast : 9:15
Lunch :13:15
Dinner : 21:15

Free Time From : 5:30 - 6:45

TV Time : Free Time, Prayer to PT, Weekends

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