Mithuru Mithuro Movement Transforms from Rehabilitation Center to Education, Human Values Development, and Research Institution

Sri Lanka, October 30, 2023 – [Our member,] The Mithuru Mithuro Movement, a renowned rehabilitation facility in Sri Lanka, has embarked on a groundbreaking journey of transformation. What was once a leading center for addiction rehabilitation has now evolved into a multifaceted institution dedicated to education, human values development, and research institute. This transition marks a significant shift in the way addiction and its societal impacts are addressed.

For 37 years, the Mithuru Mithuro Movement has been at the forefront of addressing addiction issues, utilizing the internationally recognized “Therapeutic Community” method for residential addiction treatment. However, it’s now breaking new ground by expanding its services to provide education and skills training to residential students.

In collaboration with local and international universities, Mithuru Mithuro Movement offers degree-level education to students undergoing addiction treatment. This innovative approach aims to eliminate the societal stigma associated with rehabilitation attendees and equips them with educational and skill qualifications, paving the way for a brighter future with reduced relapse possibilities.

One of their recent partnerships with the “EWIS” organization focuses on an Information Technology-based computer knowledge program, providing students with critical skills for the modern job market. This holistic approach is designed to reintegrate individuals into society as productive, well-rounded members.

The movement’s commitment to combatting discrimination against addicts is further exemplified by its support for the musical band “Avalanche.” Comprising members undergoing addiction treatment, the musical band not only practices and performs music professionally but also offers music therapy to local communities and both government and private sector companies, free of charge.

Recognizing talent and academic achievements is a core component of the Mithuru Mithuro Movement’s mission. The organization conducts talent competitions and provides acknowledgement for students’ accomplishments. Their “MAGNET GROUP” aftercare program is dedicated to keeping clients connected to treatment and raising awareness about the dangers of drugs.

Mithuru Mithuro Movement stands out not only for its innovative services but also for its dedicated staff, including specialists up to the Ph.D. level in the field of addiction and substance abuse. With four branches across Sri Lanka, it currently serves over 400 students simultaneously.

Moreover, the Mithuru Mithuro Movement has gained international recognition and attracts foreign students and research specialists who conduct studies on addiction and societal trends in Sri Lanka. The organization, in turn, conducts extensive research to improve treatment outcomes.

It is also the sole organization in Sri Lanka authorized to use the Therapeutic Community module, complying with international standards. Internationally, it collaborates with the Federation of Therapeutic Communities in Asia (FTCA) and the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC), allowing it to stay at the forefront of addiction treatment methods.

Mithuru Mithuro Movement’s commitment to quality has earned it the unique identity required by USAID, making it eligible for funding programs. With a fully computerized system donated by Microsoft, they maintain records while ensuring client confidentiality.

What sets the Mithuru Mithuro Movement apart is its dual approach to treatment, addressing not only addiction but also the mental health issues resulting from drug use. 

The organization’s unique client-oriented attitude and community-focused services have made it a one-of-a-kind institution in South Asia. As the Mithuru Mithuro Movement continues to break boundaries and redefine the scope of addiction treatment, it offers hope and transformation to countless individuals, exemplifying a beacon of positive change in the field of rehabilitation and education.

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