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About Us

STEPS (Support, Treatment, Education, Prevention and Sustainability) – a 12 Step and experiential learning based residential detoxification, counselling and Rehabilitation Centre is based at Bhubaneswar city. This full form says it all. Going with the general consensus of alcoholism and addiction as a disease STEPS also recognizes that alcohol and drug dependency or addiction is the result of a bio-socio-psycho disorder and hence no medication works totally and that there is no one approach for most people suffering from such disorders. Empathising with those suffering; that the journey of life often entails many falls and fails for the biologically and psychologically vulnerable, STEPS endeavours to provide a supportive environment to help them get back on track. An unconditional and non-judgemental acceptance combined with gentle yet firm guidance forms the backbone on which STEPS works. Promoted by qualified professionals with humane values the Foundation was conceptualised by a recovering addict who conducted immense research on the subject. Our Reliable and Effective Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery program is headed by a highly intellectual team and supported by Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Doctors, Social workers, Counsellors and Caretakers all with years of experience in treating addiction. Our Integrated Addiction Recovery Program is designed under the auspices of the 12 step program approved by the World Health Organisation for Addiction Treatment. By working alongside patients and by taking a holistic approach to individual patient scenarios we help them with their physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual ailments towards Total Recovery. Our 50 bedded facility is housed in an independent villa with all modern amenities to provide a comfortable and recovering environment for patients. At STEPS we rehabilitate our clients with compassion, love, self-realisation along with the medical, psychological treatment and education they need to recover from the effects of addiction.The primary function of STEPS is to provide a safe, therapeutic and comfortable environment for client withdrawal from mood-altering substances, including alcohol, heroin and other opiates such as brown sugar and codeine, amphetamines, sedatives (both oral and injections), narcotic analgesics (both oral and injections), volatile substances such as sniffing glue etc and cannabis (bhang, ganja and charas/hashish).

Our Mission

"To improve the physical, spiritual and emotional health of the alcoholic and chemically dependent person and his family through an integrated system of detoxification and counseling services based on a balanced program of patient care, education and performance measurement"

Our Motto

"To be the alcohol and chemical dependency health care provider of choice"

Our Vision

Service Orientation: Our physicians and staff use their skills, creativity, energy and loyalty as resources for effective and quality services in which we serve. Individual Dignity: We provide humane, compassionate and expert care, always emphasizing the dignity of the individual. Teamwork: We take pride in recognizing and empowering good people who demonstrate the importance and value of teamwork. Physician Leadership: We are physician-led and value orientation in counseling, across our entire organization and within the communities we serve. Diversity: Diversity among physicians, staff, Clients and volunteers promotes an environment of mutual support and respect. Education: We believe in the intellectual and professional pursuit of new knowledge, and its dissemination to colleagues and the public at large, as an instrument of our health system that adds value to all of our clients.

Long-term, residential

STEPS is a long term, residential treatment program lasting from 30 to 90 days. The length of the program is important because it gives you time in a healthy, drug-free environment to learn to live without alcohol and other drugs.

12-Step recovery model

As part of your recovery, you will be required to work through the “12-Steps”. This involves coming to terms with the reality of alcoholism and addiction, breaking through denial, learning to rely on other more healthy and positive approaches instead of one’s own often self destructive thinking and behaviour and eventually embracing a life style and attitude steeped in positivity.

Recovery Planning

Working on the premise that a life free from alcohol and drugs is not a bed of roses, we prepare you for life outside of STEPS. This includes daily activities, a routine balanced life and exposure to support groups. This includes combating common triggers that include stress, exposure to people or places that serve as reminders of the drug use experience, and being around others who are using drugs or alcohol.

Abstinence based

STEPS aims to help you achieve abstinence; that’s our goal. For example, an alcoholic doesn’t become a social drinker and an addict doesn’t become a ‘recreational’ user. The reason we advocate abstinence from alcohol and other drugs is that there is a strong tendency for people to swap addictions and to relapse after abstaining for a period of time.

Relapse Prevention

Relapse or a return to addiction after a period of abstinence remains a harsh reality and we at STEPS educate you on the various warning signs leading up to a relapse and how to deal with them instead of giving in to the urge to use alcohol or other drugs. Relapse is a process, not an event. And the three stages of Relapse are Emotional Relapse, Mental Relapse and Physical Relapse.

Life Skills

It has been seen that people with substance abuse issues generally have poor life skills. The World Health Organisation has listed 10 core life skills that can fit into three broad categories: Thinking Skills; Social Skills and Negotiation Skills. Through re-educative sessions you will learn how a poor utilisation of these have impacted your life and accordingly learn to use and incorporate life skills for a better life.

Group work

Group work provides a forum for you to explore your personal issues, at the same time helping you build effective communication skills with other people. This allows you, while focussing on your own recovery, to also learn about other people and take time to attend to their needs as well as your own.


During and after the program, intervention and support for family and significant others is encouraged and offered. Where breakdown has occurred, we aim to help you rebuild damaged relationships if possible. We also realise your family may need help to understand the new person who’s coming into their family circle again! We offer support in this regard.

Spiritual framework

We believe that a spiritual base is essential to the program. We recognise that humans are emotional, mental and spiritual beings and want to help you reach your full potential. The 12-Steps itself is a spiritual recovery model because an important part of recovery is admitting a sense of powerlessness over our addictive behaviour. This admittance and its follow up actions are designed to take one out of himself, in essence to stop relying on self and instead to start depending upon a healthier and more prudent body of wisdom and experience.

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Why Steps


STEPS is a 50 bedded residential Drug Treatment Centre and aims to: • provide a safe, drug-free environment to help establish a healthier lifestyle • focus on the problems that underlie addiction • provide a holistic treatment service that will help achieve physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing via medical treatment, one-to-one and group support, and peer support • impart life skills to not only overcome your addiction but to lead a more meaningful and fulfilling life STEPS's facilities are housed in serene and upmarket area to make stay comfortable, and fruitful. We have well appointed bedrooms, entertainment, recreational and fitness facilities to help you with recovery without feeling removed from your daily activities. Relaxing environments that will help you focus on getting better, happily! 1. Spacious air-ventilated rooms with attached bathrooms and 24 X 7 water 3. Healthy Indian Veg / Non-Veg Menu 4. Spacious class room with experienced counsellor 5. TV Lounges & Indoor Games with Recreation spaces

Daily Schedule

daily routine of patients

  • 6 AM  wake up
  • 6.30 AM  morning tea
  • 7.30 AM  yoga and light exercise
  • 9.30 AM  breakfast
  • 11.30 AM  orientation classes
  • 1.30 PM  lunch
  • 4.30 PM  evening tea
  • 5.00 PM  pranayam / outdoor games
  • 6.00 PM  snacks
  • 7.00 PM  interactive session
  • 8.00 PM  group discussion
  • 9.30 PM  dinner
  • 10.30 PM  lights off

Key Professionals



Visiting Consultant, MD(Psychiatry), FIPS




Accordion SaAddiction is a chronic disease in which the body must have a drug to avoid physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Addiction's first stage is dependence, during which the search for a drug dominates an individual's life. An addict eventually develops tolerance, which forces the person to consume larger and larger doses of the drug to get the same exerts a long and powerful influence on the brain that manifests in three distinct ways: craving for the object of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences. it changes both brain structure and function. Just as cardiovascular disease damages the heart and diabetes impairs the pancreas, addiction hijacks the brain. This happens as the brain goes through a series of changes, beginning with recognition of pleasure and ending with a drive toward compulsive behaviour. The behavioural manifestations and complications of addiction, due to impaired control, can include Impaired Control and Judgement Problems, Cognitive Changes & Emotional changes. mple Description
Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Substance Use There are signs that can help you determine if you are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Problems with relationships, your job or school, and even legal issues stemming from substance use can indicate that you have an addiction. If your life has been affected by substance abuse in the following ways, you may have an addiction: Strained Relationships Has your drug or alcohol use negatively affected the relationships in your life? Have you ever used drugs or alcohol to fit in or feel accepted among your peers or in social circles? Have you ever lied to a family member or loved one about your substance use? Regularly, the relationships of those with drug or alcohol addictions suffer as a result of their substance abuse. You may find yourself no longer associating with friends or family who do not use drugs or alcohol or who do not approve of your substance use. Using substances to fit in with a certain group is also a common trait of individuals with addictions. Additionally, lying to friends and family about your substance use due to shame or embarrassment indicates you may have an addiction. Work or School Performance Suffering Has your performance at work or school suffered as a result of your substance use? Have you been unable to finish projects or assignments as a result your substance use? Have you been fired from your job or expelled or suspended from school because of your substance use? Individuals with drug and alcohol addictions often find it difficult to complete school or work responsibilities. Those struggling with addictions may have issues keeping a job or may find themselves in trouble at school, resulting in suspension or expulsion. If substance abuse has affected your work or school habits and hindered your performance at either, addiction may be the cause. Social and Health Consequences Do you continue to use substances despite negative consequences ? Have you ever used one substance to alleviate the effects of another? Have you ever needed medical treatment as a result of substance abuse? Have you faced health concerns as a result of drugs or alcohol but continued to use substances anyway? Have drugs or alcohol left you unable to function properly or handle life’s responsibilities? Have you ever overdosed or needed emergency medical treatment as a result of substance abuse? Addiction to drugs or alcohol often leaves individuals unable to take care of themselves and can lead to a number of health issues. Answering yes to any of these questions can signal that you have a substance addiction. Crime and Deviant Behavior Have you ever manipulated a doctor to attain prescription drugs ? Have you ever used substances without knowing what they were or what they would do to you? Have you ever stolen substances or stolen something to pay for substances? Have you acted erratically or felt not in control of your actions ? Addiction often drives reasonable individuals to uncharacteristic behavior and, in many cases, even crime. Faking a health condition to obtain prescription drugs, stealing from friends or family, and taking unknown substances are common among individuals struggling with addiction. If you find yourself acting out of character, committing crimes or doing things that hurt loved ones to satisfy your substance use habits, you likely have an addiction. Substance Abuse Patterns Do you use substances when alone ? Do you habitually use substances when you wake up or go to bed ? Do you use substances every day ? The frequency and amount of substances you use play a significant role in developing an addiction. Using substances daily and by yourself is a strong indicator you may have a substance addiction. Relying on substances as part of your daily routine, such as when you fall asleep or wake up in the morning, may also signal an addiction. Cravings, Self-Medication and Physical Dependence Do you think about drugs or alcohol often ? Have you ever tried to stop or reduce your substance use but could not ? Does the thought of running out of substances scare you? Do you experience physical or mental discomfort while sober ? Have you ever used substances to cope with anger or sadness ? Have you ever used drugs or alcohol to treat or alleviate symptoms of a health condition? Many people with addictions are consumed by the disease, and it takes over their lives. An addicted person may obsess about using substances when sober, using drugs or alcohol to treat another condition or escape from troubling emotions or thoughts. Those with substance use disorders may experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when sober.
It is a process in which the patient is administered drugs, diet and a change of atmosphere to break the routine of addiction. Required medical and counselling support is also provided as withdrawal symptoms (commonly called "turkey") like disorientation, sleeplessness, restlessness often occur during detoxification. 3-What does a rehabilitation center do? A rehabilitation center helps addicts in the recovery process. The centers usually have an outlined residential program. Use of discipline, creative & constructive routines and psychological treatment methods are the salient features of the centers. The addicts are helped to analyze themselves, confront defensive behaviour and learn coping patterns. The duration of the patient's stay may vary from 30days to 90 months.
AA is Alcoholics Anonymous, a self-help group started by and for the alcoholics. NA is Narcotics Anonymous, a self-help group for users of narcotic drugs like brown sugar, charas, ganja, cocaine etc. These groups have free membership, they provide anonymity and a sense of belonging to their members. Story of birth of AA It was during the economic downturn in America in the first half of the twentieth century. Bill Wilson, a share broker who was an alcoholic and his wife were living through rough times. Between 1928 and 1930, Bill promised many times that he would give up drinking, but never kept the promise. He also had a habit of putting the rap of his drinking problems on other people and situations. In 1934, while admitted to a hospital, Bill had an enlightening experience that changed his life. "If I can change, why not others?" Bill was constantly plagued by this question. He started having dialogs with other addicts. Talking to other addicts had a good effect on Bill, he stayed away from alcohol. At that time however, nobody studied whether the dialogs had any effect on the other addicts. One day, during a business trip, a deal fell through and Bill was so depressed that he craved for a drink. To overcome the craving, his only hope was to talk to an addict. He knew that addicts sometimes went for confession. So he called the priest in the local church. Through the priest Bill got the address of Bob Smith, a surgeon living in that town. Bob was known more for being an alcoholic than a doctor. The meeting between Bill and Bob was the first ever meeting of A.A. After the meeting, Bob gave up drinking. For 15 years until his death, he remained sober. Bill wrote - "I knew that I needed this alcoholic as he needed me. This was it." Thus was born this self-help group whose philosophy is to help others by helping yourself first.
Role of family members/caregivers in helping the addict is very crucial. They need to accept that the addict is ill, and should accompany him for treatment like any other patient They need to play a remedial role as prescribed by the counsellor Changing their thinking, feeling and behaviour patterns is necessary It is important to play a vigilant role in case the patient slips back to addiction The family should try and lead a normal life within the circumstances #What is sobriety? Sobriety is not merely abstinence from the substance but a qualitative change in attitude regarding self, others and the world. It also includes a sense of self-development and effort towards active reinstatement of self in the social mainstream.
Yes, and he can even progress and help other addicts during their treatment and recovery. He can restart his education, career plans, family reunification etc. He should however always completely abstain from all addictive, dependency-producing substances as there is a danger of relapse of some abuse or shift to a new abuse.

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A holistic approach to alcohol and drug treatment

Plot No 929, B-1, GA colony, Bharatpur, Bhubaneswar, Odisha-751003

+91 9437541619, +91 8658691532