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Centre in Manila uses art, music, religion to rehabilitate drug users

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 01:20

A centre in Manila helps former drug users recover and get in touch with their emotions through art, music and Bible fellowships. Julie Noce reports.

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These men are recovering drug addicts. Here at the Centre for Christian Recovery- a drug rehab facility in Manila- patients participate in a number of programs designed to help improve their mental health. Besides music, Bible fellowship, and peer counseling, patients put pen to paper to get in touch with their emotions. Program director Davis Dakis. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino/English) REHABILITATION CENTRE PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, DAVIS DAKIS, SAYING: "These drug dependents are not used to saying what they feel. They do not know how to express their emotions. So now, through art, they can express whatever they feel. So to those things they cannot say or put into words, they can show it in drawings and be able to express their feelings." Some 2,500 people have been killed in President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs since he entered office. Even for users getting help, the zero tolerance policies can be frightening. I don't want to be like this, one patient said. It's as if he just wants to kill all of us. There's still hope, it's not too late for us to change. Dakis agrees and says bloody retribution doesn't have to be the only solution.

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Centre in Manila uses art, music, religion to rehabilitate drug users

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 01:20