Substance Use Prevention & Treatment

Drug Abuse Prevention

Awareness programmes for school children

Children in the 8 – 15 years cohort are among the foremost at risk of falling into the drug trap. This can be particularly the case after they see their friends doing drugs and may seek out for themselves. This leads to an oversized number of children dropping out of school before they even complete primary level education.

And this is where SPYM comes in.

Our mission is to educate children and young adults about the dangers of addictive behaviours, acquainting them with the stories of unguided victims when they have lost their way. All of our outreach programs are designed using various multimedia techniques to bring the message home simply and engagingly.

Sessions for primary caregivers

All of these orientation awareness programs are designed to help school principals, teachers, counsellors, primary care nurses, and other stakeholders identify problem groups early and root out malice.

Community-based interventions

Those most vulnerable to getting addicted to drugs comprise the vast floating population of the homeless and the marginalised who are in urgent need of attention. In the absence of institutional and societal backup and support services, their dependence invariably ends up precipitating major mental health crises, including AIDS. Our aim at SPYM is to identify these groups and involve them in our audio-visual and treatment programmes that help them snap out of the vicious cycle.

Prison-based intervention

A majority of drug users/ dependents often serve prison sentences, either because of drug possession or drug-related crimes. SPYM plays a central role in helping them, especially young offenders, to break out of this vicious cycle of drugs and crime. At Tihar Central Jail, for instance, we engage young addicts and vulnerable youth in both one-on-one and group sessions.Upon their release, SPYM works towards rehabilitating them and ensuring that they do not resort back to drugs.

Workplace-oriented programmes

SPYM also organizes specialised orientation-cum-sensitisation workshops for cab drivers, factory workers, labourers and others to educate them about the perils of drug/alcohol abuse at the workplace. We all know what a heavy toll on society drunken driving takes every single day. It is the same with those who operate heavy machines in an inebriated state.

Drunken Driving Intervention Project

SPYM is working closely with the Delhi Legal Services Authority and District Courts in the national capital to implement a brief intervention and counselling programme for those used to drunken driving, or who are found indulging in domestic violence. Most of the offences committed by males are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both.

National Youth Forums

Every year SPYM invites select youth from different colleges, universities, institutes and youth groups to devise strategies to address the issue of substance abuse among young people at the national level. This National Youth Forum, launched in 2015, is held annually.

Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation

Juvenile Drug De-addiction-cum-Rehabilitation Centre

The Center follows the SPYM Child Protection Policy. The 90-Day Residential Center offers 24/7 service. Treatment and rehabilitation begin with the child’s detoxification (first 5-7 days) followed by therapeutic interventions including counselling, interactive sessions, group therapy, role-playing, bal panchayat, literacy & life skills program and more. Primary care support and reintegration is done with the help of families and communities.

The centre won the National Award from the President of India in 2014.

[Please note that the centre is exclusively for children referred through the Juvenile Justice Board]


Treatment, rehabilitation and reform of adolescent boys using drugs and in conflict with the law


Developing a model program to rehabilitate and reform adolescent boys who abuse drugs, and ensuring its replication and scaling up

Drug De-addiction-cum-Rehabilitation Centre for Children

In 2014 SPYM started an exclusive treatment and rehabilitation centre for street children. Children within the age group of 7-18 years are referred through the Child Welfare Committees (CWC) of Delhi. Those referred by other sources like Police, families, and shelter homes are produced before the CWC.

All children are clinically assessed (i.e. history taking and examination) by trained and competent staff, based on which a 90-day treatment plan is formulated in a residential setting where children participate in recreational activities, reading and writing skills training, group activities, role plays and more.

Drug De-addiction-cum-Rehabilitation Centre for Female Drug Dependents

Using an evidence-based and gender-responsive curriculum, this holistic programme for adolescent girls and women at our residential centers provides an ‘abstinence-based approach to recovery. The duration of the treatment is based on client needs. Special care is taken to address the women’s individual needs and all the services are provided on a pro-bono basis by an all-female staff.

Drug De-addiction-cum-Rehabilitation Centre for Adults

Since 1990, we have been providing drug and alcohol treatment services at our Vasant Kunj premises to adult male users under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India. This centre provides an in-house treatment facility for a minimum of 30 days duration with all facilities being free of cost. Similar centres are located in Chandigarh, Jammu, Darjeeling & Guwahati

All the centers focus on Preventive Education and Awareness Generation, Identification of substance-dependent persons for motivational counselling, Detoxification and Whole Person Recovery (WPR), Referral services, After-care and Follow-up, Care and support to families for co-dependence and rehabilitation as well as rehabilitation through vocational training utilising local resources.

Homeless Drug Users

In order to reduce the vulnerability of homeless community members to drug dependence and crime, we are running Drug De-addiction & Rehabilitation Centres for male Homeless Drug Users at Kotla Mubarakpur & Dakshinpuri in New Delhi. Services include detoxification, weekly doctor visits and medical check-up facilities, psychological counselling and referral, individual, family & group therapy and more

Halfway Homes

SPYM provides halfway home services for adolescents and young people recovering from substance use. The aim is to ensure that they can stay away from drug-using peers/situations without unwanted interference. They are encouraged to leave once they have fully recovered and are supported to take up gainful pursuits by providing them vocational skills that are in tune with their needs and aptitudes.

Telephone Helpline

Drug addicts and their families are provided information and counselling pertaining to substance abuse treatment and related issues. The helpline number is 011 2689 3872.