Nasha Mitra is a unique concept for the treatment of substance use problems. It embraces Home First healthcare philosophy. Its basic principles entail the provision of help in people’s comfortable familiar environment, among familiar people, minimally disrupting their daily life. First of all, this approach will give the family a shared experience of the treatment of addiction as witnessing the patient’s painful journey through withdrawal symptoms and recovery may increase family members' sensitivity and empathy toward addiction treatment. Additionally, this approach will also empower them to support their loved ones in the event of future relapses, which are almost inevitable in the early phases of addiction recovery. Moreover, delivering treatment at home also identifies potential barriers because people are being observed in their real-life situation. Ongoing mutual collaboration right from the beginning between the Nasha Mitra peer support group and family members helps with long-term abstinence. However, some exceptionally complex and medically compromised cases may require detoxification in special residential environments for a short period of time. This is decided according to clear evidence-based criteria. However, the main goal is to help them where they are normally living.
The community-based approach, as opposed to the institution-based one, is one of the unique objectives of our program. The trajectory of our community program is opposite to traditional health services. Our main emphasis is on treating people in their own community. Some of them may need residential treatment (also called therapeutic community), but we try to minimise their number.
Our prime focus is the quick transition of people from residential services to day care. The coordinated actions of our peer group, family, society, and professionals facilitate detection of early warning signs of relapse and the initiation of intervention at the earliest opportunity.