Bida na ulit: 17 drug users graduate from Navotas ‘Bidahan’

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Seventeen drug dependents have been given another shot at life after graduating from Navotas City’s community-based treatment and rehabilitation program dubbed “Bidahan.”

“Through the Bidahan, we aim to help our Bidas stop substance abuse and learn to value life,” said Mayor John Rey Tiangco, head of the Navotas Anti-Drug Abuse Council.

“They are struggling to change for the better and redeem themselves. We need to let them see that we are here to support and help them as they go through the road to recovery,” he added.

Started in October 2016, the Bidahan program now has 11 batches composed of 287 participants with 63 drug users who have already completed the six-month rehab program.

Participants initially undergo a three-day retreat where they will learn about the bad effects of drugs and ways to avoid becoming a drug dependent.

They are also taught proper grooming, healthy lifestyle and how to value themselves and their loved ones. They will also engage in twice-a-week counselling sessions for six months.

Bidas, as the participants are called, will be subjected to random drug testing to check their faithfulness to the program.