Sahachari

"Sahachari meeting is like a pressure cooker's safety valve!"
- Ms. Vidya Bal (Social Activist & writer)

Very appropriately said! When a house is plagued by someone's addiction, it becomes especially embarrassing for the women in the house. She tends to hide her feelings. But all these feelings and emotions build up, like steam in a pressure cooker, waiting to be released.
So when these women come together, they talk openly, the shyness disappears. They realize that they are all in the 'same boat'. They don't feel lonely anymore. Nobody talks about addiction, instead they talk about maintaining their own well-being!

Sahachari is a support group for the wives and/or mothers of the addicts. The group was started on 10th March 1997. It believes that wives cannot cure or control addiction, and most importantly they are not the cause of it. Once they accept this fact they can prepare themselves to help the addict in his recovery. In Sahachari they also believe that while helping the addict they should look at their own irrational behaviour and make positive efforts to change themselves.

The group meets twice a month. Meetings include sharing, discussion, guidance from the guest speaker and individual counselling.

When and Where?

Second Tuesday of the month at 12 noon

Muktangan Rehabilitation Center,
Mohan Wadi, Off Pune Alandi Road,
Near Shetiya Hospital, Yerwada,
Pune 411 006

 

Sahajeevan

"He never listens to me!", Veena was saying about Gopal, her recovering husband. Gopal in turn complained that Veena always bombarded him with questions and complaints the moment he got back home from work, which irked him most. He thought she should instead wait until he settled down before shooting her questions.

Dialogs like this one are often heard at the meetings of Sahajeevan, a group specially created for couples. Marital life is about bringing the wife and husband closer than ever, it's about sharing the joys and sorrows together and living a happy life. But during addiction this relationship is worst affected. Disagreements turn into conflicts. Husband and wife get distanced from each other. Communication gap widens as time goes on.

To address these problems, the Sahajeevan group focuses on issues like demands and expectations, love, dealing with disagreements & disputes, sensible parenting, problems of intimacy etc. Meetings are interactive and open-mindedness is encouraged. New members learn from the experiences of senior couples. The meeting is conducted by a counsellor. The counsellor intervenes and solves disputes if and when they occur during the meeting.

When and where?

Fourth Thursday of the month at 12 noon

Muktangan Rehabilitation Center,
Mohan Wadi, Off Pune Alandi Road,
Near Shetiya Hospital, Yerwada,
Pune 411 006

 

Palak Sabha (Parents Meeting)

When and where?

First and Third Tuesday of the month at 12 noon

Muktangan Rehabilitation Center,
Mohan Wadi, Off Pune Alandi Road,
Near Shetiya Hospital, Yerwada,
Pune 411 006