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Jakarta Post

Rehab centers: Love, pray, understanding

  • Aruna Harjani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 21 2012   /  11:32 am

Drug rehabilitation centers are often thought of as unhygienic places with screaming patients locked up against their will.

Some rehab centers are offering a different atmosphere, including Breakthrough Rehabilitation Center, situated at the heart of Bukit Sentul, Jl Bali Raya no. 31 in West Java.

 There is a sense of serene silence as you enter the place. The air is fresh and sweet-smelling, and the grass is green. Inside, you will see that the two-story building is set against an almost perfectly shaped hill dotted with the greenest of trees that produce a calm ambience.

The corridors on both floors are lined with clean and tidy rooms, despite the all-male patients.

The center was established in 2001 by Pastor Simon Neo. A former drug user himself in Singapore, he was invited to Jakarta to help establish a rehab center. After a few rounds of talks wit...