- road to recovery

amescosa - road to recovery NGO is a private initiative and was founded 2016 in Kilifi - North Coast of Kenya.

Guided by the conviction that effective healing and sustained recovery of substance dependence only can happen through tapping the healthy pith, which every human being possesses, and thus through the activation of the natural, inherent self-healing ability which includes the unity of body, psyche and spirit on the level of the therapeutic work as well as on the medical-treatment level, we pursue since 2017 a new, holistic treatment path combining Homeopathy, special tailored diet, different kinds of art therapy and case specific social work. We focus especially upon marginalized, young women and mothers in alcohol and drug dependence and closely associated with psychological, sexual, physical and mental abuse lacking access to treatment within Kilifi County.

Up until now all our clients have successfully recovered and lead a healthy, self-responsible, self-independent and self-determined life based on a strong inner foundation and with secured livelihood sustainability.

The rate of youth in alcohol, drug and other substances dependence in Kilifi County and generally at the Coast is very high and still increasing. Treatment and intervention programs at the Coast consider too less the specific female aspects of both the dependence itself and the living circumstances. Young women in substance dependence, most of them are mothers and many are single mothers, are forced to engage in random sex work and become due to their specific vulnerability easy victims of all kind of abuse. The consequences are sever Alcohol dependence is in treatment and rehabilitation broadly classified as being of secondary importance and neglected even though the newest data from NACADA (National Campaign against alcohol and drug abuse) collected in 2017 express that alcohol abuse comes at first position. Therapy, aftercare, the inclusion of all spheres of life, reintegration in family and community and socio-economic empowerment are not enough sighted as imperative integral part of a master plan in dependence work. Many youth are relapsing shortly after treatment and rehabilitation ends. The number of young women being involved in existing programs and services is significant lower compared to the number of young men.

Further, Kilifi County is the only County at the Coast with still no active engagement in prevention and treatment and rehabilitation. Therefor amescosa - road to recovery intends to favor a lobby for dependence work as a carrier for consistent, effective and sustained interventions and measures in the complex realm of shared responsibility. In this matter we have held the first Forum about "Alternative holistic approach for a successful and sustained recovery from alcohol and drug dependence" on 11th of May 2018 to bring together government, national and international organizations, institutions and civil society to initialize a movement to break new ground.

Apart from individual aspects and personal disposition, our experience shows that there are factors in common which drive young women as adolescents or even children in substance dependence: early forced marriage with a much older man, gender based violence, early pregnancy, family history of substance dependence, rigid cultural aspects, poverty, abuse and child trauma.