Substance Abuse Treatment Center Provides Support to Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal
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People struggling with addiction and substance misuse need more help than ever in the event of a natural disaster. This is why Counted4, an alcohol treatment center in the UK, has raised money for Dristi Nepal, a substance misuse and peer support service for women in Kathmandu. They also funded the travel costs for a specialized nurse to visit Nepal from the UK, a local newspaper reports.
Dristi is reportedly struggling to rebuild its center while providing broad health care services to the whole community. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal in late April, killing 7,000 people and injuring twice as many, according to recent estimates. It also devastated local infrastructure and left countless people without access to vital resources.
“The appalling disaster in Nepal has directly affected our friends at Dristi so we want to do all we can at this time,” said John Devitt, the managing director of Counted4, “They desperately need water, shelter, food and medicines.”
He also emphasized the importance of the global addiction recovery community coming together in a time of crisis. Counted4 has set up a website through which members of the drug and alcohol recovery community in the UK and across the world can provide support to people in recovery, and those affected by substance abuse, in Nepal.
“Peer support is a vital part of helping people on their path to recovery and those in recovery realize the importance of a helping hand when they are in crisis,” said Devitt. “The recovery community here has an important role to play in supporting people in Nepal who need help now more than ever.”