Tacloban City, Leyte – (PIA) – Any person who manifests disorders due to drug abuse or addiction can now seek confinement at the newly rehabilitated Department of Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DOH-TRC) formerly Saving Lives at a Common Ground (SALAG) facility located in the Municipality of Dulag, this province.

Michael J. Tenebro, Chief Health Program Officer of the DOH-TRC announced this during the Panginsayod ha PIA held Friday at PIA regional office 8. Tenebro disclosed that the drug rehabilitation and treatment center helps individuals to be free from dependence on drugs while improving their lifestyles.

“A 6-month detoxification treatment will be given to the patient and possibly to last for a year. Afterwards, he will undergo a holistic after care services by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for 18 months, Tenebro said.

Privately-owned rehabilitation centers usually cost more compared to government run-rehab centers. Affluent families will be charged P10,000 monthly rehabilitation fees to cover the patient’s stay including board and lodging, therapies, medicines and other rehabilitation services, however, for people who cannot afford to pay for monthly rehabilitation fees, the center offers free rehabilitation services provided a certification from DSWD will be secured attesting that the patient is indigent and a court clearance for temporary his confinement.

To date, 11 individuals are being treated at the rehab center which has a 110 bed capacity. The DOH-TRC which was destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 when it struck the region reopened last September 7, this year.(consuelo b. alarcon)