But Bhaskar, Kalyan`s program co-coordinator, isn't concerned. When I ask if I should use real names, he doesn't hesitate: "That's the first step to leading an honest life, to coming clean."Bhaskar is the epitome of clean. Close-shaven. Neatly trimmed hair. Polo shirt as white as the orchids Kurseong is named for. Bhaskar, college graduate and ex-addict, lists the aims of Kalyan in rapid fire: early and quick prevention of HIV transmission, keep users well and productive until they're off drugs, protect the community from drug-related crime. He dismisses conventional "de-addiction" centres as too costly and impractical for India, instead promoting a combination of acupuncture therapy and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) that fits into the addict's regular life. "Who can leave their family for months at a time?" he asks. "What if they are the sole bread earner?"
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