The Problem of Drug Addiction

The Problem of Drug Addiction

Blurb: “One starting point would to be tease out why young people fall into this insidious trap. Generally speaking, it is held by many that drugs- initially “gateway” drugs like cannabis and hashish offer their users an “alternate reality”. Hallucinations complemented by illusions or even delusions then offer a reprieve for users and abusers of drugs- temporarily. But when reality hits, drug users want to escape to the drug induced “alternate reality again”. This is how addiction begins. In essence then, generally, the aim of drug users is to escape reality and enter into a loop which reinforces itself till it is too late”
In a recent case, a young man from Kashmir, who had obtained a scholarship to study in New Delhi, fell into the trap of severe drug addiction. The young man’s odyssey was brought to the notice of his parents after he was neck deep into the addiction and it had started to affect his life chances. The man returned home but after a while had to be taken back to Delhi for de-addiction, counseling and rehabilitation.  This is one case that became public but it would be safe to assume there would be many cases of a similar nature where young people from Kashmir fall into the trap of drugs and the addiction thereof. This is a social problem that needs to be addressed. One starting point would to be tease out why young people fall into this insidious trap. Generally speaking, it is held by many that drugs- initially “gateway” drugs like cannabis and hashish offer their users an “alternate reality”. Hallucinations complemented by illusions or even delusions then offer a reprieve for users and abusers of drugs- temporarily. But when reality hits, drug users want to escape to the drug induced “alternate reality again”. This is how addiction begins. In essence then, generally, the aim of drug users is to escape reality and enter into a loop which reinforces itself till it is too late. Stress, tension, and attempts to reduce these, among other things, are held to be the main culprits for drug usage. At times, it is also underling mental diseases that lead to substance use. Having identified the major reasons, the issue that should nag the minds of us all is how can this social and individual problem be obviated. At a certain age, one first and good step is good , and effective communication between parents and their children. Good parenting means that children should see their parents as their friends with whom they can discuss anything. Instead of falling under negative peer pressure or seeking solutions to problems from undesirable people, parents should be their first call. The second is , if and when someone falls victim to addiction,  there must be empathy for the person and not hostility. Given that a drug addict is stigmatized in society, the victim and his problems are driven underground. This makes the problem visible only when it is usually too late. The third is the exigent need for vigorous, effective and efficient counseling in and within Kashmir. Psychotherapy, emotional and psychological counseling complemented by familial and emotional support are all important components of rehabilitating victims and giving them a fresh lease of life. With the passage of time, under conditions of stress, conflict and unemployment, the problem of drug addiction might worsen in Kashmir. It is about time that society wakes upto this problem and does something substantive about it.

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