Raging Drug Epidemic

India’s Raging Drug Epidemic, and How We Can Curb It

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Drug abuse has been one of the biggest problems that India has been facing. In the last few years, the number of cases related to drug addiction and abuse has risen alarmingly. What starts as an experiment in an individual’s life, ends up being one of the biggest problems and sometimes even the reason of death.

Although many believe that they have complete control over themselves, and can stop the urges, the situation seems to speak otherwise. Over time, drugs impact how the human brain functions. The changes in the brain are long-lasting. This makes an individual lose self-control, and eventually leads to damaging behaviors.

The use of drugs slowly affects the organs damaging them from the inside. The continuous use of drugs leaves them inefficient in the longer run. Most of the people seek drugs as a refuge to their problems. A temporary solution, they ease the person for a short span of time but leave an everlasting impact on the body.

A broader term that explains this scenario is substance abuse. It entails all kinds of drugs, alcohol and anything else that makes a person high and calms their nerves. The effect of such things can leave a person inactive for a couple of hours or even a couple of days, depending on the effect.

A myth that has been stopping us from talking about it, is the belief that people who are drug addicts lack moral values. We, as a society need to understand that anyone can fall in the trap willingly or unwillingly. And, in order to fight the problem, we need to encourage people to talk about it.

Talking will not only make people understand the adverse effects that follow drug addiction, but it will also educate the youth about standing together and fighting the problem. It will bring to the surface the hidden health-related truths. Through sessions that highlight how we can fight drug abuse will make sure that the youth does not fall for it, and also does not take it as a casual practice.

An effective way to fight it is the rehabilitation centers. If you know someone who is slowly losing the battle against drug abuse, make sure to get them admitted to a rehab. Under the supervision of experts, people who are addicted slowly decrease the intake of drugs, ultimately getting rid of them. Initiatives under the leadership of spiritual gurus, such as Swami Ramdev, Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan from Dera Sacha Sauda have also helped spread awareness.

The ideology of Dera Sacha Sauda revolves around meditation. It focusses on bringing people together and making them understand the meaning of selfless service. Providing free residence, food facilities, and medicine to the help seekers, the ashram helps them give up drug addiction without any discomfort. The programs at Dera Sacha Sauda provide motivation and vocational rehabilitation along with de-addiction. The meditation helps gain self-confidence, which plays a major role in the de-addiction process.

A magical story of how a man was freed of his drug addiction with the help of Sri Sathya Sai Baba showcases how spiritual healing can work wonders for people. Efforts being made to help people come out of their drug consumption habits are aiding people to lead a normal and healthy life.

Other contributors to major development are the non-government organizations, and the work they are doing in terms of spreading awareness. Stairs, Swashrit Society, and many other names are working closely on the matter.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is also taking concrete steps to prevent any kind of drug abuse in the country. Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (1985), Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (1988) and other policies have been reshaping the country’s scenario for good.

It is important that we, as a society, understand that drug addiction and abuse are problems that can be fought. With our will, effort and the current government policies, we can bring about the needed change and help the youth reshape their future.

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