17 year old Anil was admitted to the civic hospital by the CHILDLINE Kolhapur team for a checkup and to begin a medical and psychological counseling for him after he was found highly intoxicated under the influence of drugs. The boy was not willing to talk to anybody and it was extremely difficult to handle him. Anil lived with his mother who took on the responsibility of the entire house after her husband passed away. His mother sold petrol from her home and while helping his mother in her work Anil got addicted to sniffing petrol.
On examining his condition, the CHILDLINE team spoke with Dr. Hamid Dabholkar and discussed Anil’s case with him and his economic conditions. Dr. Dabholkar, being a kind hearted man, agreed to admit Anil in his de-addiction center at Sahyogi Parivartan Sanstha Satara for 3 months. When Anil completed his stay at the center he was totally transformed and developed into an able boy thanks to the counseling and other sessions at the center. All his neighbours, friends and relatives came to meet Anil and congratulated him on his new life. His mother was the happiest of them all as she hugged her son with tears in her eyes. Everyone had nothing but praises for Anil’s courage and his new found confidence. CHILDLINE Kolhapur is in constant touch with Anil regarding his health and education. As per his wish the team also admitted Anil to in Montfort Integrated Education Center in Nagpur for a 6 month vocational training. Today Anil is free from substance abuse and is making plans for his future growth.