A Unique Approach to Rehab in Indonesia


[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: Hello, I’m
Hannah, I’m an addict. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: I went to a rehab
like this about a year and a half ago. I know how hard it is. It’s a really, really
hard thing to do. And I think you’re all
very, very brave. To be here. [CLAPPING] [CHANTING] HANNAH BROOKS: Thankfully
I didn’t come to Indonesia for treatment. And I’m not here to interview
this group of recovering addicts. I’m here to buy a
pair of shoes. [CLAPPING] [CHANTING] HANNAH BROOKS: I’m at a drug
treatment center called YAKITA in Bogor, an area about 60
kilometers outside Jakarta. Indonesia experienced the
beginnings of an unprecedented drug epidemic in the 1980s. Sparked in part by rapid
economic growth and the increasing availability of new
drugs, Indonesia found itself facing a crisis it had no
idea how to handle. A couple, David and Joyce,
founded the center in 1999 in response to the growing
problem. DAVID GORDON: The drug of choice
that really kicked it off was ecstasy in the ’80s, in
the early ’80s, because it became the love drug. And it was in the
discotheques. It was in the night life. And from there it immediately
dropped to heroin. And then in the late ’90s
is when shabu shabu methamphetamine began
to surface. HANNAH BROOKS: In the past
decade, shabu shabu has overtaken heroin as Indonesia’s
drug of choice, with meth labs popping up all
over the country, making it cheap and easy to access. DAVID GORDON: There was no
recovery in the country. Hospitalization was
unheard of. Rehabilitation was unheard of. It was too big. Where do you start when
nothing’s been started? HANNAH BROOKS: While YAKITA is
a center for men, they also run a program for female
addicts and partners of addicts, focused on providing
support, skills, and income. These women design and produce
sandals called junkies. I love the name. And I really want a pair. So we go to the workshop where
the junkies are produced. DAVID GORDON: We were just
thinking about what we could do, in a sense of what they
call vocational training. What we call just trying
to get some jobs for young people. HANNAH BROOKS: Dian showed
me around the workshop. DIAN:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: As none of the
women had made shoes before, their initial designs were
simple slip on sandals, thongs, ballet flats,
and some bracelets. While Joyce oversees the
project, the women design and assemble the shoes themselves,
and have the final say about what becomes a junkie shoe
and what doesn’t. So how do you guys
know each other? Is it through meetings, or the
center, or just through here? OK, are you guys friends? Best friends? BFF? You too? Do you do lots of shopping? That’s your new addiction,
is it? I find it really, really funny
that they’re called junkies. What do you guys think
about that? So you can kind of see
the humor in it now? JOYCE DJAELANI: We chose that
name together because we felt in the past addiction,
junkies, is a negative part of you. But how do you change that
into something that’s empowering? So changing the connotation
of the word junkies into something that’s positive. [SPEAK FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: So you’re
an addict? Can I ask what your drug
of choice was? [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: Dian explains
that she grew up in a broken home. She left when she was 14 and
began selling heroin for her brother, becoming addicted
in the process. Did you ever get busted
when you were helping them deal drugs? DIAN:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: That’s
pretty ballsy. [LAUGHTER] HANNAH BROOKS: Wow. In Indonesia, shabu is kind of
taking over as the big drug. ANITA:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]. HANNAH BROOKS: Home delivery. That’s convenient. ANITA:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: A lot of women at
the center have lost their spouses to drugs, including
Novi, who was addicted to heroin for the past 16 years. And do you just buy
it up the street? From your husband. Your husband was a heroin
addict too? Sorry to hear that. JOYCE DJAELANI: We began to
think also in terms of how to keep the women coming and not
to be dependent on their spouses, who were
still addicts. How can they generate
a little income? A sort of type of livelihood for
them to continue coming to the center. So they are able to have some
money to actually pay for the bus to come over, have some
money for their daughters to go to school, so that
was how it started. HANNAH BROOKS: So
did you struggle with relapsing initially? [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: Yeah. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] JOYCE DJAELANI: It’s not like
being in a factory, where you’re timed by whatever
it is you create. But actually just by making
the sandals together and sharing your life stories,
it becomes so fluid. And everybody gets to
know one another. It’s empowering for everyone. HANNAH BROOKS: And so are
you practicing Muslims? And with your drug use in the
past, how have the two things kind of sat together? Has that been really
difficult? ANITA:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] DIAN:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: Oh, wow. Did you have a hard time
finding veins? DIAN:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: So you were
injecting in your feet. DIAN:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: And, I mean
did you overdose? DIAN:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: Have a lot of
people in your life died? DIAN:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: A hundred. DIAN:
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] DAVID GORDON: A lot of the young
people that are with us, that have HIV, and they have
AIDS, and they have tuberculosis, they don’t have
any way to pay for medicine. And we thought this would be a
really good way to generate jobs where a bunch of the young
people could actually be there and make these sandals,
and then we would be able to sell them. HANNAH BROOKS: Would
you guys like to model some of the shoes? [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: What about
the black ones? [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] HANNAH BROOKS: I
have big feet. Shoe sizes run small
in Indonesia. But the women eventually found
a pair that fit me, made from a local batik. Yeah, they’re nice. Dian glued the label onto my
very own pair of junkies. JOYCE DJAELANI: If they were
not addicts, they would not end up in these programs, and
learn so much about life and living and getting a family that
really cares about them. And that’s what’s important
for them. [MUSIC – JINGLE PUNKS]

100 thoughts on “A Unique Approach to Rehab in Indonesia

  1. I have empircal evidence to back up everything I'm saying. I know for a fact you are drasticly scewing your outlook. It's unfortunate, really, because it's only furthering the stigma and missunderstandings surrounding drugs and drug users, which in turn enable the culture and cycle of addiction and destitution you seem to hate so much.

  2. its okay plenty of americans do stuff thats bad for there health. plenty of them smoke too much, drink too much, abuse drugs, and the ones who dont do that eat to much crappy food and dont exercise

  3. these days,, many ppl even getting cancer u know when they even never smoke a cigarettes and doctors didnt know what cause from it..some say polution n food

  4. i would prefer my child smoked cigarettes than had a serious meth addiction. Making one change at a time is hard enough. Trying to do everything at once is more likely to fail. At least they wont go to jail for smoking cigarettes.

  5. we get the wife is indonesian we understand that. i am not saying oh the white man did it all. hes the hero once again. you are just trying to one up other people against the white man. just like most people with your mentality you clearly show in your comments, if the white man did it, it could have been done better. its always the westerners fault. with out us americans no third world country would be what it is, they would much worse off economically then they are now bye far.

  6. Yeah, that's why you replied to me instantly and you are continuing to troll me two months on. Get on with your life.

  7. no if it took me two months to reply to you i did not reply to you instantly dumb ass. you are the one trolling. just go hate americans somewhere else bitch

  8. dont you hate when they tell you to fuck off and then say go educate yourself? so stupid to me. guess thats the life of a troller though. cant defend themselves in real life so they get that fix over the internet

  9. Indeed I was referring to a more recent comment (obviously). I am not "hating Americans", as I don't hate anyone. I am stating facts. But I will not continue to argue with your because your grasp of English is tenuous, and your reading comprehension skills are lacking. Good luck.

  10. They do shabu in the poorest of the poor barangays in the Philippines … Most of the addicts there have never even smoked marijuana … Man the penalty for posession of MJ in the Philippines is really harsh … you can get 7 years in a Pinoy prison for posession of 7 grams of smoke … Life in jail for any decent weight . FUCK THE PDEA .

  11. Wow, these ladies sure don't look like heroin addicts. Heroin addicts over here in the States look HORRIBLE! They must be using purer stuff over there.

  12. You can lead a productive, albeit shorter life smoking cigs. Harder drugs seem to make it impossible to live a normal life. I used to be addicted to nicotine and it's the worst thing out there, but if I was on meth or heroine I'd be prioritizing quitting those two first.

  13. You we're doing so great, and then you failed so hard lmaoooooo. Should've just stopped after you question his defense of what's clearly the most deadly substance the world has yet seen: tobacco. And purely because of it's huge popularity, being that if other worser drugs like for instance heroin were as widely and popularly abused it would easily prove to be much more deadly. Heroin is not safe, at all. It's far worse than cigarettes, but due to cigs popularity they are truly the deadliest.

  14. I'd like two things: first, could you tell us where you're getting your information about heroin? It seems incomplete at best. Second, I'd like you to actually talk to some recovered or current heroin addicts about this and see what they say on the matter, because it will absolutely not be what you are saying.

  15. True. Glad you understand. It is an addiction so it's very hard to quit. But I am trying. The industry won't fuck me over if I don't let them. Am I right?

  16. Going along with Hintonmails's point, there are an estimated 1.2mil users of heroin in the US and about 68.2mil users of tobacco that is roughly 56.8 times the amount of users of tobacco then heroin, so yes, there are going to be more overall deaths, the comparison you made is incredibly stupid

  17. Also, when it is recorded as someone dying from tobacco it is usually from some very long term disease, that could potentially be genetically based, but since the user happened to smoke, they label the cause as being from tobacco… while on the other hand (I just looked it up) there aren't many long term effects besides brain damage and mood imbalance with heroin so all those recorded deaths are pretty much overdoses where the direct cause is heroin

  18. it's ironic they talk about addiction, yet here is the VICE correspondent who's clearly addicted to nicotine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I love h, i wanna quit, but if i had aids and all my friends die id prefer to keep using. heroin is good and fun!!! the only reason i wana quit it cuz its expensive and it makes me lazy and wheni dont have it i getsick…

  20. im pretty sure you canget diabetes low testosterone low cardiac rythm from using h… not 100% but at least its fun unlike tobacco

  21. I honestly just looked it up for like 5mins haha so i am not sure at all…. on the basis of tobacco, I love it, so i guess it is all opinion based

  22. And the functioning addicts? Clearly you don't have a clue. Your scope of reality and your false sense of certainty makes you look like a 1st grade chicken fucker.

  23. I hate it when you put subtitles when they clearly speak English (or clearly English loanwords). Dammit

  24. 'Former' addict, we say in English. Although one philosophy says that once and addict forever an addict and only the habit of taking drugs is either 'on' or 'off'. Glad you are 'off' it. Per mg, heroin is LESS addictive than nicotine. Look it up.

  25. overdosing is the only negative thing that comes with heroin? shit, well shoot me up! i thought there was something about vascular system failure, unbearable aches and pains amongst many other things… but i guess not

  26. thank u VICE, i'm an indonesian and i never came across such thing in my life. i never knew that even non-locals living in indonesia are trying to help local drug addicts to have a clearer purpose in life. looking at this video, i'm hoping for a greater success for my country and of course, to other countries as well

  27. heroin fucks with your whole entire body. theres absolutely no way you can tell me that the only bad things that come out of heroin is overdosing and constipation. lots of people on heroin suffer so much shit mentally, physically and emotionally just from the drug itself that they wish that their next shot of heroin would be the one to end it all. drugs are bad news and thats the bottom line, dont try to sugar coat.

  28. you cant tell me that someone on heroin or a synthetic pharmaceutical version of it is inherently healthy… theres nothing good about it, and like i said before, it messes with your whole entire body. look up the many many other negative effects of opiate based drugs in general. the only thing they do well is kill pain, and afterwards the drugs deliver pain twice as well as they kill it. heroin addiction is much more than a financial problem buddy.

  29. ive seen good people ruin their lives by being helplessly addicted to oxycoctin, vicodin, and other opiates. you most certainly can OD on these drugs… they're made to take orally to get rid of pain, and arent made for long term usage. if you have someone telling you that they have been prescribed to them for a well overdo period of time, chances are they are addicted to them and take them to get rid of the headache from the raging withdrawal symptoms they give you.

  30. This is not a unique approach to treating addiction. This was, sadly, another case of "hipsters being hipsters". What, exactly, was unique or novel about this? Was it the sandals that were called "junkies"? There are plenty of stateside examples of "freedom through work". Again, what was unique about this approach?

  31. Stateside, yes. But here in Indonesia drug addicts are treated like subhumans. Programs like this, I believe, are uncommon. It looks like to be a private, non-government program too. That should give you a hint on how poor drug rehab programs are here.

  32. a longer life does not mean a good life. the whole point of it is having one shot at this and just cause u live long doesnt mean u had a better life than someone who lived to be 30. the idea is to do what makes u happy and what makes u feel like your being yourself. everyone does shit that fucks there bodies up. poor diet, no exercise, the list goes on. smoking is something a person is willing to feel right in themselves and not cause he just wants it. just sayin…….

  33. i have no idea if this is about cigarettes or weed but it goes for both of em even though cigarettes are far worse when it comes to damage of the body

  34. I was a heroin addict for 8 years and most of the girls making those shoes are still using. You can tell from their eyes. I'm not dissing them – I've relapsed more times than I can count and was only able to stay clean by getting on Suboxone, but it's just kind of funny that this is a story about ex-junkies, when most of them are still junkies. The reporter knew it too. You can tell by the way she responded to what they said – an ex heroin addict can usually tell when another addict is high.

  35. So exploiting their drug addiction by stealing their labour to make money is somehow going to break the cycle of drug addiction? Really?

  36. you can't say it's stealing when it goes to a percentage amount of commission will be given after the "junkies" make sales. It's not about breaking the cycle of drug addiction, it's about being productive

  37. if the u.s. spent 1/10th what it wastes on the war on drugs on educational drug programs and simply allowed people to get easy and cheap perscriptions for drugs to feed their habits I don't think the rate of use would rise all that much, however the crimes and sociatal negatives would shrink drasticly. If a bag ofย  heroin that was pure and cost its non-inflated price, people wouldn't be stealing or prostituting to support their habits, using and sharing used needles (passing on disease) and overdose wouldn't happen as frequently because people would know exactly what they were getting. The tax payers wouldn't be paying out the ears to incarserate non-violent drug offenders either.

  38. Thank vice to coming n visit us, i hope someday can join n i become a reporter of vice.. i from indonesia. If u need help just contact me..thanks

  39. Thanks VICE for visiting Indonesia. It's different side of our country.. The law here is jail and even death punishment for drug dealers but for users, they must be got some rehabilitation.

  40. "making the sandals and talking theire life stories is ver therapeutic" (dont tell vice how much we make off all these stupid women honey!)

  41. Nowdays things change… B*N which is like a crazy maniac against drugs group give a new standard of rehabilitation in Indonesia.. they use wrong method of TC more like military brain washing for at least 6 months, it's just crazy and many people relapse almost 90% of them. but they keep using that method, i think it's because they love to do bullies… and the seniority system. they kinda giving me a trauma.. -___-

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  43. That one woman might not be a heroin addict anymore but she is a cigarette addict; that chick was chain-smoking like hell. ๐Ÿšฌ

  44. I asked an Indonesian:Why did you smoke?You know smoking is bad?
    She:I love smoking. Smoking is good for health.
    Me:Come on let's go to USA .๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿ‘Š

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