- road to recovery
"The most precious capital of all are healthy human beings living with dignity in a healthy environment. All of us have a unique, natural and inherent potential and special purpose. Every human being has the right to tap and to free one's potential for self realization. We put the unique potential of socially excluded female youth in the center of our work. Youth are the pillar of society and the pillar of the future. We have the duty to foster and to empower all young people without exception to bring forth their full capacity to take over this important task, guided by confidence and based on humanistic values."
TAKING A NEW PATH: TO BREAK THROUGH A TABOO AND TO GIVE YOUNG WOMEN AT THE COAST KENYA IN ALCOHOL AND MULTI-DRUG DEPENDENCE A VOICE AND HOLISTIC SUPPORT AND TO ENHANCE WOMEN-SPECIFIC TREATMENT
amescosa - road to recovery is a private initiative and was founded in 2016 in Kilifi, North Coast of Kenya, and is officially registered by the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government of the Republic of Kenya and accredited by NACADA (National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse).
Our work is based on 3 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Gender Equality - to reach gender equality and to empower all women and girls for self-determination; Good Health and Well-Being for Everyone - ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages; No Poverty - to en poverty in all its forms and everywhere; and aligns with the Kilifi County Agenda concerning Safe Space for Youth related with Good Health and Education.
Further more we incorporate the evidence-based findings about the women-specific aspects of substance use disorders by UNODC (United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes) about "Substance abuse Treatment and Care for women (2004), the report from UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute about "Promoting a Gender responsive approach to Addiction (2015) and the guidelines from UNODC about "Drug Prevention and Treatment for all Women and Girls (2016).
We fill a crucial gap completely left out but of utmost urge in the fight against gender discrimination and equal rights.
Guided by the conviction and the personal experience that effective healing and sustained recovery of substance dependence only can happen through the healthy pith, the inherent potential for development and growth every human being possesses, and thus through the activation of the natural, self-healing ability which comprises 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 and comprehensive approach combining Homeopathy, special tailored diet, different kinds of art and movement therapy, case specific Social Work including all spheres of life, capacity building and empowerment. We focus hereby especially upon marginalized, young women and mothers in alcohol and multi-drug dependence lacking access to treatment. We strengthen these at high risk female youth holistically to liberate themselves from gender based violence, discrimination, abuse, trauma and forced sex work to gain ground as peers of change using their experience as a catalyst.
Since the launching of amescosa Treatment Centre all our clients have successfully recovered and lead a healthy, self-responsible, self-independent, self-determined and self-reliant life based on a strong and stable inner foundation. They have reformed their lives from within, incorporated new coping strategies, encounter their lives in a constructive, pro-active manner, created a new, healthy social environment and feel to be a respected part of their families and the community again.
The rate of youth with substance use disorders in Kilifi County and at the Coast in general is very high and still increasing. Existing intervention and treatment programs in the Coast Region consider much too less the specific female aspects of both the substance 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 themselves in unprotected, random sex work and become due to their specific vulnerability easy victims of all kinds of abuse with sever and non-reversible consequences. In Kilifi County alcohol prevention is missing at all and at the Coast alcohol dependence is in treatment and rehabilitation broadly classified as being of secondary importance and neglected even though the recent published survey from NACADA (National Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse) from 2017 proves that alcohol abuse and dependence ranks first. Therapy, aftercare, the inclusion of all spheres of life, capacity building, reintegration in family and community and socio-economic empowerment are not enough sighted as an imperative and integral part of a master plan in dependence work. Hence many youth are relapsing shortly after discharge from detoxification. It is striking that the number of female youth in existing programs is significant low compared to the participation of male youth.
Kilifi County has, as the only County at the Coast, not undertaken yet any local efforts in prevention or inpatient or outpatient treatment. Therefor, surpassing the main treatment and rehabilitation work and to break new ground, the engagement of amescosa - road to recovery shall favor the formation of a functional lobby for dependence work as a carrier for consistent, effective and sustained interventions and measures to eradicate alcohol and drug dependence and abuse within Kilifi County in shared responsibility. Along these lines we set the pillar for a new movement in conducting the first Forum about "Alternative holistic approach for a successful and sustained recovery from alcohol and drug dependence" on 11th of May 2018 to reunite government, national and international organizations, institutions and civil society to lay important tracks for the future.
Apart from individual reasons which drive young women into substance abuse and dependence, there are a range of aspects in common, why they develop substance dependence already as adolescents or even children: abuse, rape, child pregnancy, neglect, early forced marriage with a much older man, gender based discrimination and violence, family history of substance dependence, rigid cultural aspects, poverty and childhood trauma.
Young women and mothers in alcohol and multi-drug dependence face many barriers not only in accessing and entering treatment programs but also in the course of the treatment process itself. Female youth are mostly not supported by their partners, husbands and families and face the overall socio-cultural stigma of being substance dependent as a young woman. Shame, guilt and fear, gender based discrimination and violence and socio-economic factors are omnipresent. This means a great challenge and asks a lot of courage to persist in the personal decision for change. Especially if the young women is suddenly confronted with interpersonal dynamics trying to diminish her in the assertiveness of having the right for a healthy, self-caring life and to do her fundamental transformation.
If you are convinced that the purpose of our initiative is worth it to gain more ground, get in touch with us. We are grateful about any kind of support helping us to succeed in our mission and vision to give young women and mothers in alcohol and multi-drug dependence a voice and the chance to fundamentally transform themselves and to create a healthy life in dignity and humanity.
Here you can read the "Global status report on alcohol and health 2018" from WHO