Group to hold addiction recovery forum on Sunday

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HUNDREDS of former drug dependents who rediscovered their faith in God are expected to attend the recovery forum organized by a faith-based drug rehabilitation program handler on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.

Officials of non-government organization Surrender to God (SuGod) said their “Breakthrough” recovery forum is part of their sixth anniversary celebration.

Fe Barino, chairman of the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on the Laity and also Sugod Foundation Inc. executive director, told reporters their organization continues to provide a drug recovery intervention and prevention program for recovering drug users using faith-based and scientific methods.

In a press conference on Friday, Aug. 12, Barino said their activity will feature guest speakers such as Dr. David Baron, chief of the Department of Health’s (DOH) Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Argao, southern Cebu; Dr. Jasmin Peralta, DOH’s Dangerous Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program manager; and former Regional Trial Court Cebu City Executive Judge Macaundas Hadjirasul.

The activity, which will be held at the IEC Convention Center Cebu, will start at 1 p.m. with a praise and worship session.

At 4 p.m. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma will lead a Holy Mass.

All recovering individuals and their families are invited.

The registration fee is P300 per participant, inclusive of snacks and dinner.

SuGod was conceptualized in 2016 at the height of the Tokhang (tuktok-hangyo) anti-drug campaign of the Duterte administration.

The group was created to provide drug rehabilitation services to the drug surrenderers.

“Ubay-ubay na nga programa ang atong nahatag pinaagi sa atoang mga trained staff, so moabot na sa 2,000 ka mga tawo ang atong natabangan nga mga drug addicts, apil natong ana-a dinha sulod sa bilangguan,” Barino said.

(Many have already benefitted from our programs through our trained staff. We have already helped around 2,000 drug addicts including those inside the jail.)

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, SuGod continues to help drug addicts through its community-based drug recovery and renewal program.