Muktangan Mitra, a non-profit public charitable trust, was founded by Dr. Anil Awachat and late Dr. Anita Awachat on August 29th, 1986. Through this trust they started the Muktangan Rehabilitation Center in Pune, Maharashtra for the treatment and rehabilitation of substance users with the initial financial help from renowned Marathi writer and philanthropist Pu La Deshpande.
Muktangan has a multi-disciplinary approach and uses a structured model of addiction treatment with a rehabilitation programme for five weeks which includes individual and group counselling, family therapy, music and art-based therapy, work therapy and yoga.
Muktangan believes that addiction is a disease that causes physical and psychological dependency, and hence the substance users need treatment.
The Muktangan programme is run by recovered friends, and 75 percent of its staff are friends in recovery who in turn are role models for persons under treatment. Rather than follow any readymade westernised programme, Muktangan has developed its own programme based on Indian culture. It not only treats patients but also provides for family, vocational and social rehabilitation.
Muktangan has been designated by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India as Regional Resource and Training Center (RRTC) for five states and looks after capacity-building of 97 rehabilitation centres.