Drug Addiction

The United Nations Organization celebrates international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking on 26th June every year. Drug addiction refers to the consumption of harmful substances which are addictive. These substances have adverse effect on physical and mental health of the user. The drug intake gives an addict the feelings of pleasure. A person goes through various visible behavioural changes and undergoes impaired mental functioning. This leads to restlessness, paranoia, anxiety and cardiovascular diseases.


Nowadays, drug addiction has slackened the enthusiasm of the youth. Many young adults use drugs on experimental basis and end up being addicts. The educational institutions have become a hub of drug addiction. The students from elite families spend a huge amount of money on buying drugs. Many students start drugs due to their personal or academic problems. When they do not get a viable solution to their psychological problems, they look for an escape and end up taking drugs.


There are various kinds of drugs such as weed, cocaine, ice, opium, and alcohol. These substances create pleasure and relaxation by altering the natural functioning of the brain. Repeated use of these intoxicants lead to addiction. When a person becomes addicted to these substances, he undergoes mental impairment, such as inability to think clearly and memory loss. An addict suffers from an unstable mood. He feels happy at one moment, and depressed at another moment. A drug abuser tries to conceal everything from his relatives. This also affects his personal relationships.


Drug addiction threatens the survival of the abuser. However, there are various kinds of treatment such as therapy, counselling, medication. There are rehabilitation centres where the abusers can be treated and kept under surveillance. The surveillance of these people at rehabilitation centres makes sure that these people do not get drugs during the treatment. The rehabilitation centres also do a follow-up to make sure that the abuser does not face any relapse.


The role of educational institutes and parents is very effective in eliminating drug abuse among young adults. The teachers and parents should try to understand the problems of students and make efforts to help them go through difficult phases in their lives. Proper guidance from the teachers and moral support from parents can be effective in solving the problems of young adults. In addition, the government must make sincere efforts to stop the production, trafficking, and use of harmful substances. This may save the students from being drug addicts and serve the nation by preventing the loss of invaluable human resources.



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