About Prabal Hospital

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Q1. Give a brief overview of Prabal Hospital.

Prabal Drug De-addiction and Psychiatric Hospital was incepted in 2001 with Twenty five beds in the Posh Locality of Gomti Nagar, Lucknow; and then shifted to Aliganj, Lucknow in the year 2008. The Hospital is registered with State Mental Health Authority, Uttar Pradesh; and Lucknow Nursing Homes Association. The Hospital is aimed to provide treatment of psychiatric illnesses, alcohol and drugs dependency, and psychological guidance with counseling facilities.

Q2. How are the arrangements for accommodation?

Ans. The hospital is 30 bedded with Air conditioned Deluxe, Super-deluxe, and Semi-private ward. These wards are furnished with extra large sized beds, cupboard, and set of chairs with centre table, T.V with cable and Dish connection and Fridge. Emergency ward and General wards are air cooled through coolers and fans. They are spacious, well ventilated, and have cable TV connection. Generator facility is available 24 hours in case of power failures. Well equipped kitchen to provide the residents with timely food and refreshments.

Q3. What is the working staff credibility at Prabal?

Ans. The management of the hospital is done by the Administrator who takes care of the various aspects and requirements of the centre. Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Duty Doctors, Counselors are there to carry out Medical and Psychological management of the patients. Beside this, panel of visiting Medical and Paramedical specialists, Staff Assistants, Cooks, Home Nurses and other Housekeeping supportive Staff are there to make the daily function of the centre systematic.

Q.4 Does the hospital have any outdoor facility?

Ans. Prabal has OPD facility for assessment and treatment of the entire range of psychiatric disorders / substance or alcohol abuse.

Q.5 What is the payment procedure at Prabal Hospital?

Ans. An advance payment of Rs. 8,000.00 to 10,000.00 has to be deposited at the time of admission. Patient’s family will be informed time to time and are requested to update advance payments periodically. Final settlement of accounts will be requested when patient is to be discharged. The bill will consolidate all charges for medicines, consumables, services availed by the patient.

Q.6 What is the admission procedure at Prabal Hospital?

Ans.At the time of admission the family members are asked about the various details / symptoms of the patient in accordance to our case sheet. History of the patient, Prior treatment (if done) records need to be submitted. Thereafter the patient is physically examined and Mental Status Examination (M.S.E.) along with psychological assessment is done at the time of admission. Further, at the time of admission the patient and his family members are required to read / understand and sign general rules and regulations and consent form. Lastly, the family members are shown the wards from which they choose as per their requirement and availability; and an advance minimum payment of Rs. 5,000.00 to be deposited. Charges for medicines, pathological or psychological investigations prescribed by the Doctor and Specialist consultation of any other specialty will have to be paid separately.

Q.7 What are the requirements of the patient at the time of admission?

Ans.The requirements are four sets of clothes, toiletries, undergarments, and sleeper. Toiletries are also made available from the hospital on demand basis.

Q.8 Is Day care facility available for the patients?

Ans. Yes. The day care service has been designed for facilitating the rehabilitation and reintegration of the patients into the community on their way to recovery through partial hospitalization.

Q.9 What is done to the patient’s valuables at the time of admission?

Ans.The patient is thoroughly checked for any valuables (purse and cash, money, mobile, chain), and drugs, tobacco, cigarette, pan masala. All these things are taken from the patient and handed over to the family members.

Q.10 What is the duration of treatment?

Ans.The duration of treatment depends upon each individual case depending upon the gravity of disease he/she is suffering from.

Q.11 What are the various operands of treatment followed at Prabal Hospital?

Ans. The treatment program is a residential, multi-disciplinary therapeutic program, conducted by a team of psychiatrist, physicians, psychologists, social workers, counselors and paramedical staff. It is divided into three parts -
I. Pharmacotherapy
II. Psychological Treatment / Counseling -
a. Self Actualization through Self Realization
b. Group Therapy / Encounter Sessions / Interventions
c. Psycho educational lectures
d. Individual Counseling / Family / Marital Counseling
e. Occupational / Vocational Guidance
f. Recreation, Music and Relaxation Therapy
g. Yoga / Meditation / Exercise / Prayers
h. Personal Inventory
i. TV / Video Show
III. Periodical Follow-up - As the part of the after care services, the discharged patients are encouraged to come regularly for follow up. On visiting days the patient along with their family members visits the hospital, and patient's disease and recovery is discussed. The outcome of the various therapeutic interventions given to the patient depends largely on the effectiveness of the follow-up. Efforts to make the patient re-integrate into the community and to attain the status of being recovered person are the ultimate aims of follow-up.

Q.12 What is the importance of counseling?

Ans. Counseling is a scientific process of assistance extended by an expert, in an individual or group situation, to a needy person/s. Counseling is the method of identifying practical solution to an identified problem. The process aims at enabling the individual to learn and pursue more realistic and satisfying solutions to his difficulties. The process revolves primarily around the relationship between the counselor and the client. It is this relationship that leads to growth and change. Counseling works by first helping the individual recognize the existence of a problem and the associated irrational thinking that comes along with his illness. The counseling process is helpful for both the psychiatric and addicted patients.

Q.13 Can addiction be treated successfully?

Ans.Yes. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications, where available, with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to address each patient's drug abuse patterns and co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse.

Q.14 When can the family meet the patient?

Ans. Visitors are allowed on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays between 2 PM till 7 PM.

Q.15 How often can the family meet the patient?

Ans. Visit depends on the condition of the patient, if the resident gets disturbed with the frequent visit of the family; it is restrained to the minimum; though the family members can meet the doctor and psychologist to know about the progress of the patient.

Q.16 Is prolonged facility available for the patient who stays for a long period or for those who require long term rehabilitation program?

Ans. Yes, at Prabal we have long term stay facility and we do cover all comprehensive rehabilitation which helps the patient in the recovery process, focus is on the "resocialization", developing of personal accountability and responsibility of the individual. The center usually has an outlined residential program. Use of discipline, creative and constructive routines and psychological treatment methods are the salient features of the center. The addicts and those suffering from mental disorders are helped to analyze themselves, confront defensive behavior and learn coping patterns.

Q.17 Is contacting the patient on telephone allowed?

Ans. Yes, the family members can contact their patient at Prabal on alternate days between 2:00 to 5:00 pm. However, only the permitted family members can contact.

Q.18 Is anybody required to stay with the patient?

Ans. No. Except in the case of emergency only, the relatives are requested to stay along with the patient.

Q.19 What is the quality of food available at Prabal Hospital?

Ans. A combination of North-Indian cuisine is the daily diet, with a standardized, specific meal plan that provides minimum of 2500 calories of nutritional requirement per day. We have special menus for festivals and occasions. Eatables are also provided from outside market on request of the family and are charged.

Q.20 Is laundry facility available at Prabal Hospital?

Ans. Laundry facility is available for those who are not able to wash clothes on their own; however we insist that the patient wash their own clothes from time to time, as a part of their daily routine activity.

Q.21 What is the discharge procedure at Prabal Hospital?

Ans. Prabal’s team of Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Counselor and Caregivers discusses the patient recovery. When they feel that the patient has recovered and his symptoms of illness has minimized; the doses of medicine are reduced and all positive changes are noted. Thereafter again we review the case with the family members and tell them about their patient for discharge. At the reception the discharge formalities accordingly begins and it usually takes one - two hours for the formalities to finish. We provide the discharge card and other literatures for educating the family. The patients are advised to take the medicine for 15 days and to come for regular follow-up. Finally the patient is asked to sign the discharge register and go home wishing him / her lasting recovery.

Q.22 Does the hospital have Ambulance facility?

Ans. We have paid ambulance facility for picking patients from their house. For this one or two family member has to accompany the patient and also will have to fill the consent form and give detailed history prior to the ambulance visit. Out station Ambulance facilities are also available. If the patient requires transportation at the time of discharge, the same has to be brought in notice at reception before discharge, for making necessary arrangements.

Q.23 What about tips and gratis?

Ans. It is our aim to provide you with the best of care in all aspects and our employees are pleased to offer you every attention to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Staffs are rewarded by knowing that they helped in your recovery and do not expect to receive tips or gratis for carrying out their jobs to your satisfaction. Our policy expressly states that staff should not accept gifts or extra payments for services performed by them and we courteously ask you to assist us in implementing this policy.

Q.24 Does the hospital have training facilities for students?

Ans. Prabal provides training for volunteers and professionals to work with the mentally ill and addict patients. Various University Social Work and Psychology Departments from different parts of the States have been sending their students to Prabal for clinical exposure, concurrent and block field work placements. Special training programs are conducted for police, teacher, social workers and health care professionals from time to time.

Q.25 Does the Prabal Hospital have any other branch?

Ans. We have no other branch.


    By helping our son find the tools, the courage and the strength to live alcohol free life, Prabal has given him a second chance. – Dr Anand.


    After visiting Prabal Rehab I was confident that I found the right place for my brother. Within one month, the counseling staff was able to uncover his greatest pain. He was able to share the psychological scar with us while his family counselor sat by his side. In our son’s words “Today, I look out the window and see a future with wonderful opportunity. I never saw that before.” No program, facility nor therapist in the past has ever helped our son achieve this level of self worth. Thanks to Rajiv Sir. – A B.


    When I arrived at Prabal Rehab, I was a mentally, physically and spiritually broken man from 20 years of excessive alcohol use. There I was met by a wonderful, caring and professional staff who guided me through my detox and was there for me every step of the way. With an excellent teaching and counseling staff, I was given one-on-one counseling and group therapy. Prabal gave me a foundation and the tools to build on this foundation, in order to maintain sobriety. Today, I am a happy & sober man. I want to thank to Team Prabal for saving my life, as I was truly on my way to death. – Rathore.


    Hi, I’m a multiple addict. Years back, in the early 90’s, watching my friends take drugs triggered me to take similar substances so that I can also feel as if in heaven. Thus started my years of addiction and I was entangled in this vicious web for 13 long years. Repeated efforts by my family and loved ones to take me out of this web had failed. The drugs caused me several damages – physically, mentally and emotionally. Drugs made me do things, which I would have never done if only I was sober. I could see myself stealing, lying and manipulating…. I was slowly changing into a vile & wisher monster…Finally, as a last resort; my family got me admitted in Prabal Rehab. I was there for four month. The continued support of the staff even after the treatment period helps me to look and deal with life in a different perspective. – Srinivasan


    I am an alcoholic and I started this habit at the age of 17. Within 2 years time, I became dependent on it that I couldn’t stop drinking .Due to this; I have lost so many things in life – financial loss, physical damages, and lost more than 8-10 jobs. As I grew in addiction, I started damaging my household articles and started fighting with my parents. It was at that time my mother brought me to Prabal rehabilitation centre and the treatment continued for almost three months .Now I’m very much relaxed and enjoying my sobriety .I also worked there for some time to become more confident so that I could keep myself and my family happy for the rest of my life. – Joshi


    I am a multiple addict who was affected very badly because of this deadly disease. My life was wonderful with a sweet little family and a good job. I had to pay them all for my disease. I have had multiple relapses and end number of treatments. After each treatment I wanted to continue myself as a social drinker and this wishful thinking made me hit back every time. It was only in 2011 my brother forced me to Prabal Rehab Centre against my wishes where almost I tried everything to get out, even tried to break the doors but all in vain but slowly and slowly after detoxification my physical and mental health started improving, my counseling, family meetings and various psychological investigation were rigorously going on and in due course I myself started enjoying the recovery plan. Days, Weeks and months passed and then after four months I was finally discharged. I gained 14 kg of weight, my skin started glowing, face was filled up and my mind was on a right track. Today I can proudly say that I have completed two blessed years without any lapse. I do understand that I may not be able to get back all that I had lost to my addiction, but at least I can make sure that I don’t lose anything in future! –Arif


    I started using drugs at the age of 19 and was addicted by the time I was 20, my well-educated and well-cultured family background could not stop me from my cravings. During the 14 years of addiction, I could see myself in a very bad shape with nothing other than drugs and using friends around me. But when my health complications hit me hard, I did not find any of those friends to help me or even to take me to a hospital. As a last resort, with nothing else on my way, I had to seek the help of a few recovering addicts who got me admitted in Prabal Detox centre and there I decided that I should make a change in my life………. That was a beginning of a new life. Now I can see myself sitting in a good position with good job, good respect and above all good values. And I have good people around me who can guide me in my recovery. H Shah.


    I am a recovering addict with 23 years of hard-core addiction. I hit the rock bottom and faced a lot of damages such as physical, social, occupational and financial. It was during this period that a few outreach workers came to meet me and explained to me that my drugs were the root cause of all my damages. They convinced me with their positive approach and immediately I surrendered to them and accepted my powerlessness over my addiction. They then brought me to Prabal Rehabilitation Centre where I was admitted for treatment. After a month of medications, rehabilitation started. During this period, the hospital counselors taught me good qualities, right values and also made me focus on recovery. Now I am leading a drug free peaceful life for 3 years – A Paul


    My grandparents call me Babu, I am a 36-year-old alcoholic who has completed his treatment at Prabal. I was working as a Manager for an Insurance company before I lost this job. “My life was hopeless. I was sure that this alcohol would follow me to the grave. Life without it seemed unthinkable. How was it possible to get through a single day, let alone a week, month, year, or my whole life, without it? Still, I was out of options and decided to give the whole thing a chance.”Definitely Rajiv Sir at Prabal showed me the way.


    “Looking back on my treatment, it’s needless to say that it was a life changing experience. A therapeutic community is probably the most intense form of psychological makeover that a person can undergo. It’s painful, it’s agonizing, but it’s ultimately exhilarating. Life seems very delightful now. My choices are clear, and the cobwebs are all swept away. Sometimes I wonder what all the fuss had been about earlier. All the doubts, the misgivings, the confusion seems so silly now. This is what the treatment at Prabal gave me. I know all this sounds like a testimony for the program. It is, and it is very real.” Nadeem


    As can be inferred from my case, the power of the Prabal brought to bear on a single individual can have very positive results. The collective approach of the therapeutic community, where each person is the other’s doctor, yields results that reintegrate a person into society. The isolation and seclusion of the addict is broken and he is reintroduced into the currents of the river of life. G Seth


    I am Nutan Sabarwal. My husband has been drinking for the last 15 years. I tried almost everything to make him stop drinking. Both his health and our family were on the edge of death. It was in 2012 that I got to know about Prabal. I clearly remember the Sunday night when I got my husband admitted in Prabal for treatment. I never believed that he could ever get normal. On my counselor’s suggestion I started attending the weekly family association and awareness meetings. Participation in these meetings gave me the insight how to deal with Alcoholics. Now I am optimistic about our future. I am thankful to Swati my counselor at Prabal, who guided me throughout and helped my family to survive in the bad times. Now, when I look back at the past it seems like an old forgotten story. Today my hubby is standing by my side, now my life is very colorful and I pray for all others like me to receive the treatment.


    My name is Sofian, I stayed in Prabal for five months. I regret that I lost many precious years of my life in addiction but feel jubilated that today I am living a drug free life and pursuing my studies. Earlier, everyone around called me Nashedi (addict), but today they call me with my given name. Hats off to Prabal.


    Now I am away from drugs for the last more than five years whereas previously it was so difficult to stay away from drugs even for five minutes. In these five years, I almost got everything back. Whatever I had lost, friends, family, relationships, happiness, are back in my life. Today I am example for others. Now, I want to help people like me to stay away from drugs in addition to my responsibilities towards my family. “There are plenty of people to give you drugs but only a few to help you come out of it.” My heartiest thanks to Rajiv Sir & whole staff of Prabal. S. Sood.

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SP-21, Chetan Vihar,
Sector-C, Aliganj,
Lucknow-20, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Ph: 0522-2325078, 
Mobile: 9415102407.
Email: prabalhospital@rediffmail.com