The Centre for Mental Hygiene as one of the social agencies has taken up the task of opening a centre for counselling and Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts at its office complex at Sangaiprou, Airport Road Imphal namely 'New Life' Counselling Cum Rehabilitation Centre' to fight the rampant substance abuse.
The problem of drug addiction became extremely alarming then, majority of the victims being school and college youths affecting their student life and becoming a social menace.
Geographically Manipur happens to lie in a high risk region nearing the Golden Triangle where cultivation of Poppy plants is carried out and producing heroine. Bordering Myanmar (Burma) illicit trafficking was on rise. The need of a de-addiction /rehabilitation centre was felt as a large number of productive youths have been affected not only physically but also mentally, and the consequence was leading to a downfall in the development of the society and nation at large. In order to control the problems of drug abuse, the 'New Life' centre had taken up many commendable works in the form of drug awareness programme, conferences, seminars, short term camps and training of volunters who were interested in delivering helping services to dsubstance abusers.
Due to the magnitude of the problem, very less impact could be felt and the problem kept on multiplying. Therefore it became imperative on the part of the organisation that long term programmes for the rehabilitation of drug addicts be taken up without any delay in order to help some of the addicts enable leading normal lives. Hence New Life was born.
New Life Counselling-cum-rehabilitation centre initially took up the following programmes :-
1. Individual/group and family counselling.
2. Physical excercise, martial arts and yoga.
4. Games and Sports (Indoor and Outdoor)/Music.
5. Literary activities.
6. Talent development.
7. Vocational training
8. Gardening etc.
The Seminars, Conferences and Training Programmes were collaborated with.
- National Institute of Social Defence, Govt. of India.
- National Institute of Public Co-operation and Child Development, Govt. of India.
- Tere-des-Homes, Germany, India Programme etc.
The centre also took up training programmes like tailoring and carpentry.
The Centre For Mental Hygiene was alloted (FCRA) Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. 1976 in terms of Section 6(I) FCRA no. 194130018. On the 23rd March 1985 by Ministry of Home Affairs.