OF “ISLAMIC RAH-E-RAST”
Islamic Rah-e-Rast is the brain child of Dr.M.Mahmood Rafiq.
He has a long interface
with the disease of drug addiction and experienced
first hand the disease management and rehabilitation
facilities scattered all over Pakistan. He also
traveled and worked in Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan
(founded the English language chapter of Alcoholics
Anonymous in Tashkent in ’95).
2001 & 2002 found, Dr. Mahmood Rafiq communicating
with professional colleagues and teachers from earlier
days, focused on devising a treatment &
rehabilitation program and facility that would
ensure complete and permanent transition of Pakistani
Drug addicts from sick to healthy/positive socio-moral
contributors to Pakistani society.
to find equally eager supporters of his theory.
Asima Andaleeb(clinical psychologist).
It was a mutual conviction of all, that;
& rehabilitation philosophy of Alcoholics/Narcotics
anonymous, as stated in the 12 step program advocated
by “AA” & “NA” is
perfect for inducing the belief of “absolute
abstinence from drug abuse”; yet insufficient
to support lifelong sustenance of absolute abstinence
within the frame work of Pakistani society.
This opinion was fortified by each professional’s
lengthy personal experience of witnessing the repeated
failure of the Western psycho/social remedy (12
step program) in turning hard-core (Pakistani) drug
addicts into productive/positive, socio-moral contributors
to Pakistani society.
The incongruity between the social values of the
society that founded the 12step program (western)
and the Pakistani society was the concluded cause.
2002 Dr.Mahmood launched the project of “Islamic
Rah-e-rast” in unison with the above mentioned
personal friends and colleagues.
101,102 Jaffar Town were bought by him with his
own funds…the villa was altered and renovated
to accommodate a drug treatment & rehabilitation
facility; meanwhile the group formulated a philosophy
that would furnish lasting sobriety to drug addicts
of Pakistani societal background.
principles that formed the foundation stone
of the devised philosophy was derived from
the time-tested 12 step program of AA & NA ;
however the traditional religious principles of
Pak society were made an integral part of the “daily
routine and practiced etiquettes” to be preached
and taught at the facility. So that the Muslim addict
would learn the significance of absolute
abstinence from the 12 step program
and then maintain it permanently by
practicing the time honored principles of social
and personal piety as preached by ISLAM.
The beginning of the month of February 2003 saw
the completed building for the facility. Dr. Mahmood
Rafiq gave his property, 101,102 Jaffar Town on
lease to the organization charging no rent for the
first 6 months ,commencing from the 1st
of February 2003. The opening ceremony was advertised
in a single newspaper, namely “Islam”.
The opening ceremony was chaired by “Mufti
Hameedullah Jaan” : Head mufti of Jaamia Ashrafia
Lahore, on the 30th of March 2003,
attended among others by the Honorable Mr.Tahir
Butt; retired pioneer of the Pakistani Social Welfare
Mirza was elected the “Medical Director”
due to his seniority, vast experience in treating
drug addiction and due to his unique academic profile
studded with training for treating drug-addicts
received from World Health Organization, United
Nations Development Program and South Asian Harm
Reduction Workshops in Pakistan and abroad.
Starting from the first of April, the treatment
team of “Islamic Rah-e-Rast” was subjected
to a 40 day intensive training course.
1st of April to the 24th of
May 6 patients and their families were treated for
drug addiction and co-addiction respectively.
the 6 patients treated were ex-patients of Dr. Humayun
Mirza and some other members of the “Islamic
Rah-e-Rast” treatment team, treated by them
many times in various other treatment centers
that follow the “AA”/”NA”
The magnitude and depth of positive change in their
perception patterns and behaviors when treated at
/by “Islamic Rah-e-Rast” philosophy
were categorized “exceptionally /extremely
/unbelievably good” by their families and
Dr. Humayun as well as other members of the treatment
team who had treated them in the past. “Islamic
Rah-e-Rast” is resolutely striving for Eradicating
the disease of drug addiction from patients and
the associated negative psycho-social effects of
the disease on the non-using family members (co-addicts),
as well as the Pakistani society.
The book titled “Drug addiction---disease,
treatment & cure” written by Dr.
Mahmood Rafiq shall shortly be available to readers
all over the country…Urdu edition first and
English edition to follow. It shall enhance awareness
about the disease and encourage the ailing to seek
treatment. Islamic Rah-e-Rast is also developing
a treatment and rehabilitation centre exclusively
for female patients. Presently their female patients
are accommodated at rented facilities in Lahore.