Former drug user unveils inexpensive rehab program

Meneil Lopez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2016 07:03 AM

Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnie Teves, together with fellow reformed drug dependents, introduces an inexpensive drug rehabilitation option.

NEGROS ORIENTAL - Reformed drug user and now Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnie Teves has introduced an inexpensive drug rehabilitation program aimed at the rising number of drug surrenderees.

Teves, together with some former drug dependents, introduced a rehabilitation option at a lower cost.

Teves said with the program, there is no need for a building or a rehabilitation center.

"We just make use of our public schools from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Why 5 to 8 in the evening? The public schools are free, nobody's using it, and also that's the time where most shabu addicts start their day, when the sun is down," Teves said.

Teves believes the program is effective because he was also a drug user and has been clean for almost 17 years now.

The drug treatment is a 12-week/90-day program that only costs P2,500, unlike private rehabilitation programs that reach up to P1,000 a day or more than P 90,000 per program.

The program is composed of film viewing, lecture, and group therapy.

He has sent a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding his proposal.

The group will initially implement the rehabilitation program in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.