Almost a decade in service, Davao del Norte's drug rehabilitation center continues to accept patients on a subsidized scheme and even accommodates alcoholics.
Guesting at Kapihan sa Kapitolyo on Thursday, Luntiang Paraiso Regional Drug Rehabilitation Center (LPRRC) Executive Director Gabriela Logronio said the center also caters rehabilitation services to alcoholics.
Of the 30 patients currently under rehabilitation at LPRRC, 25 percent have been into alcoholism, said Logronio who is a registered nurse by profession.
By place of origin, 20 patients are from Tagum City ; two from Mati, Davao Oriental; two from Asuncion, Davao del Norte; three from Kapalong, Davao del Norte; two from General Santos City ; and one from Leyte.
The provincial government of Davao del Norte has been operating LPRRC since 2001 with funding for building construction coming from the Dangerous Drugs Board.
It has signed a memorandum of agreement with component local government units (LGUs) with regard to counterpart payment of rehabilitation fees.
Indigent patients who are residents of Davao del Norte can avail of LPRRC's free rehab services. The municipal/city government and the provincial government of Davao del Norte shoulder the charges of their stay at the center.
But those whose families are found to have a substantial monthly income as shown in their income tax, are charged with fees depending on the bracket of earnings.
Logronio explained that families having a monthly income of P40,000 and above are required to pay a rehab fee of P8,000 a month while those whose monthly income falls below P40,000 to P30,000 are to pay P5,000 a month.
For families whose monthly income falls below P30,000 to P10,000, the LGU where the patient resides, the provincial government and his or her family are to chip in counterpart payments of rehab fees.
"For those whose families barely have P10,000 monthly income, their families are relieved of any charges," Logronio said.
Families of non-residents of Davao del Norte with income of more than P40,000 a month, are required to pay P8,000 while those with less than P40,000 have to pay P5,000 a month.
Logronio revealed that about 300 drug and alcohol patients have gone out rehabilitated from LPRRC which, she said, is the only drug rehab center in Mindanao, accommodating male, female and even child patients.
Logronio revealed that 17 patients are going out of the center next week, as graduates. The center management will be turning them over to their families in a ceremony which will form part of the week-long observance of the Drug Prevention Week.
In the same forum, Provincial Health Office psychiatrist Dr. Rowena Yap appealed to the public to welcome and embrace into the mainstream former drug and alcoholic patients.
"Let's not label them. Let's be open-minded. Let's give them a second chance," she said as she pointed out social acceptance of rehabilitated as a great help for rehabilitated patients from swinging into relapse.
Dr. Yap bared commonly found reasons of drug addiction saying, patients who failed to find their needed love and care of their families, eventually sought what they longed for from friends.
The kind of neighborhood in a community also came out as a factor of drug and alcoholic addiction.
"That's why proper supervision of families (over their members) is very important," she said.
In the same forum, reformed drug patient Redentor Lapasaran who now serves as LPRRC counselor warned the public to become watchful of their friends.
"If you'd notice that your friends are bad influence, it would be better to change your set of friends," he said