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Sahara-E-Insan: A Lifeline for Families Shattered by Drug Addiction

Imagine a home where each day presents a constant struggle for survival. Families are left without their main breadwinner facing dire poverty, hunger, and homelessness. This scenario is not isolated but reflects a widespread crisis affecting numerous families globally.


In India, especially in Punjab, the situation is worsening, with drug abuse significantly rising. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Punjab has recorded the highest number of drug overdose deaths in the country, with hundreds of cases annually, emphasising the grave impact on families.

According to the latest data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the global situation is alarming, with over 296 million people worldwide using drugs in 2021, marking a 23% increase over the previous decade. The number of people suffering from drug use disorders has risen to 39.5 million, a staggering 45% increase in the same period.

As the toll of addiction-related deaths plunges, so does the silent sufferings of countless widows and widowers left behind. The impact is particularly severe on our youth, whose futures are often cut short by Intoxication. It is in this crucial moment that we must unite, driven by a strong commitment to carve out ways of recovery and hope for them.

Understanding the Depths of Addiction

Why has addiction become such a pervasive issue that shatters away families?

The reasons are complex and multifaceted. Intertwined with various aspects of life. Social pressures, especially in our dynamic world, often lead individuals towards intoxicants as a form of escape (from reality) or (stress) coping mechanism.

Mental health issues, often overlooked or underestimated, can increase vulnerability to addiction, as individuals may resort to intoxicants as a misguided form of self-medication.

People who are economically disadvantaged may experience higher stress levels making them more susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse. Furthermore, lack of education about the dangers of intoxicants and the mechanisms of addiction often leaves individuals, particularly the youth, unaware of the severe risks associated with it.

These factors as whole contribute to the addiction epidemic, highlighting the critical need for solutions that address not only the symptoms but also the root causes of addiction.

The Transformative Journey of Dera Sacha Sauda

In response to the dire consequences of addiction witnessed across the world, Shah Mastana Ji Maharaj founded Dera Sacha Sauda in 1948, committed to spiritual awakening and social transformation.

From the beginning, the Ashram has stood against the intoxication, promoting a lifestyle devoid of drugs and alcohol. The teachings of Shah Mastana Ji emphasize the transformative power of the Method of Meditation in overcoming personal challenges, including addiction.

Dera Sacha Sauda integrates spiritual growth with welfare work initiatives, fostering moral values and will-power (via Meditation) to help individuals resist intoxicants. This comprehensive approach supports recovery and enables fulfilling lives free from addiction.

Through initiatives like DEPTH (Drug Eradication Pan India through Health and Meditation) and SAFE (Simple healthy diet After quitting drugs for Faster recovery based on Electrolytes & protiens), Dera Sacha Sauda has made substantial progress in combating addiction, positively impacting countless lives.

These campaigns not only aid in overcoming addiction but also focus on reintegrating individuals into society as valuable contributors, thus healing both the individual and the society.

Strengthening the Mission: From DEPTH and SAFE to Sahara-E-Insan

Building upon the solid foundation laid by initiatives such as DEPTH (Drug Eradication Pan India through Health and Meditation) and SAFE (Simple healthy diet After quitting drugs for Faster recovery based on Electrolytes & protiens), Dera Sacha Sauda has taken substantial progress in broadening its mission to provide support to families devastated by addiction.

These programs, deeply rooted in the teachings of Shah Mastana Ji Maharaj, have played a key role in building a community that can withstand the challenges posed by intoxication. By helping individuals reclaim their lives from the grips of addiction, DEPTH and SAFE have restored hope and facilitated the reintegration of many into society with fresh purpose and dignity.

This steadfast commitment to recovery and support has paved the way for the inception of Sahara-E-Insan. Launched to specifically assist families who have lost their sole providers to addiction, this campaign is in continuation of Dera Sacha Sauda’s ongoing efforts to offer help and recovery through acts of compassion and solidarity.

Sahara-E-Insan was introduced on the auspicious first day of MSG Bhandara Month i.e., January 1st, 2024, It represents the next phase in our continuous journey to heal and uplift every member of our community.

The Sacred Vow: Sahara-E-Insan's Journey Begins

In the profound journey of Sahara-E-Insan, it goes beyond words; a heartfelt vow, a real commitment to offer solace and support to those struggling with the harsh effects of addiction.

Sahara-E-Insan isn't just a campaign; it embodies the very essence of humanity, where compassion shines brightest even in the darkest of times. It stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication of Dera Sacha Sauda and its followers' determination to extend a helping hand, to be a guiding light in times of darkness.

Sahara-E-Insan extends a lifeline to families devastated by the harsh impact of addiction. It symbolizes love, empathy, and collective responsibility, where each act of help echoes with compassion, reaffirming our shared humanity.

In the divine saga of Sahara-E-Insan, the name itself encapsulates the essence of this noble endeavor. "Sahara," echoing its Hindi roots, symbolizes not just support or aid, but a lifeline extended to families engulfed in the darkest shadows of need. Paired with "Insan," meaning human, it underscores the profoundly humanistic approach underlying this campaign.

Together, "Sahara-E-Insan" isn't merely a gesture of assistance; it stands as a profound expression of humanity, where individuals unite to uplift and support one another amidst adversity. It represents the idea that helping others isn't just a task but a sacred duty, reminding us of our common humanity and our joint responsibility to create a society that embraces everyone.

The Essence of Sahara-E-Insan

Every passing moment is a relentless battle for survival for families left behind after the death of the breadwinner due to addiction. Without their main source of income, they face severe hardships from struggling for basic necessities like food and housing, inability to afford healthcare to children missing out on educational opportunities.

Yet, amidst the shadows, there emerges a radiant ray of hope, embodied by the selfless volunteers of Dera Sacha Sauda. These noble souls serve as pillars of strength, offering not just financial aid but also invaluable emotional and psychological support to those in need. Their tireless efforts and unwavering commitment have uplifted countless families, offering them a glimpse of a brighter tomorrow.

The impact of Sahara-E-Insan transcends boundaries, resonating across nations and continents. Already, numerous families have found solace and support through it, mirroring the success of campaigns like DEPTH, which have led around 67.5 million people to renounce drugs and embrace a path of sobriety.

As we march forward, our vision is clear: to make India the torchbearer of a drug-free world, with my birthplace serving as the sacred starting point. From Sirsa to the farthest reaches of the globe, Dera's volunteers work tirelessly, spreading kindness and welfare work with unwavering zeal and dedication.

In this sacred endeavor, Sahara-E-Insan stands as a testament to our shared humanity, reminding us that by extending a hand of kindness and compassion, we illuminate the path towards brighter world.

Together, let us continue this divine journey, guided by the eternal values of love, empathy, and service, as we strive to uplift every soul.

Sahara-E-Insan's Helpline Support

Sahara-E-Insan offers support to those in need through helpline numbers issued by Ashram (Dera Sacha Sauda). +91 8059602525

Individuals can connect with dedicated volunteers of Shah Satnam Ji Green 'S' Welfare Force Wing. Whether you're facing addiction, economic hardship, or find someone in trouble and need emotional support, these helplines provide direct access to caring helpers ready to lend a hand.

The Divine Inspiration

The profound dedication and selflessness demonstrated by the Green S volunteers is rooted in a strong spiritual belief. Their actions are guided by the grace of His Holiness Shah Satnam Shah Mastan Ji Maharaj, whose divine inspiration fuels their tireless endeavors.

In their selfless service, they find a heightened sense of devotion, as each act of sewa (service) brings them closer to the divine. It is widely believed that “Nar Sewa, Narayan Sewa” i.e., serving humanity is akin to serving the divine, as such acts foster a profound spiritual connection and enrich one's spiritual journey.

Therefore, through their unwavering dedication to serving others, the Green S volunteers not only uplift those in need but also nourish their own spiritual essence, bringing them closer to the divine presence they humbly serve.

Join Hands: A Pledge for a Drug-Free Society

In conclusion, there is a heartfelt appeal to the youth to step forward and join this noble cause. Let us unite in a pledge to leave behind intoxication and extend a helping hand to those struggling with it. Together, we can create a ripple effect of positive change, uplifting individuals and communities alike.

To make this pledge, you can fill out the form.

Let's start this journey of compassion and change, dedicated to creating a society without addiction, and filled with hope and unity. Together, let's make the difference we want to see.