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Shafa's History

Owing to his 8 years of expertise and experience, Mr. Ranjan Dhar was approached by a group of recovering addicts on November 22nd, 1999. The goal was to help persons suffering from drug and alcohol addiction to recover physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Together, they set up the first-if-its-kind Therapeutic Community in India to offer de-addiction treatment and psychiatric services in a treatment model never used before. While other treatments available at that time only addressed the physical aspect of the disease, limited to withdrawal management, Shafa began to fix the root cause of this disease, without providing any mood-altering substance as a substitute to the patient's drug of choice. This is how India first witnessed the dawn of modern drug deaddiction treatment, here at Shafa.


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Shafa is an Urdu word, which means ‘power of healing’. Based on the oldest and most effective model of healing, As a non-profit organization, Shafa Home acts as a harbinger of hope, self-realization and true happiness for hundreds of recovering alcohol/drug dependents. In Our Mission, "Healing the Feeling, Feeling the Healing", we go one step ahead of the traditional methods to treat addiction and behavioural disorders by using well-researched methods of healing. Volunteers who have already undergone successful treatment at Shafa and have their own personal experience into recovery make the team of our devoted staff. They are skilled in the complexities of the disease and are passionate about helping people like them recover from addiction.


Treatment at Shafa is based on a holistic module that emphasizes on the Physical, Psychological, Social and Spiritual recovery of the residents. We view addiction as a disease, characterized by a dependence on substance and behaviours. Though the disease is chronic and progressive, it’s definitely treatable. WE DO NOT PERMIT THE USE OF ANY MOOD-ALTERING SUBSTANCE in any of our facilities as we believe in 100 % abstinence from day one. We feel that recovery is not a destination; it’s a journey that requires a firm commitment to abstinence from alcohol/drugs and compulsive behaviours. Above all, Shafa Home is a home away from home that assists its residents in regaining their self-esteem and self-worth.

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