Nizamuddin Basti has a high incidence of substance abuse. This emerged during the QoL survey of 2008 as well. The project has viewed it as a law and order issue and beyond the scope of the project.

In response to requests, the project has initiated an awareness, counselling and referral project for victims of substance abuse and their families.

This issue has been raised with almost all the stakeholders in the community. Home visits to counsel families and to encourage them to seek opoid substitute therapy are on-going.

Another similar programme on raising awareness on the problem of child sexual abuse.