Drug abuse has become a worldwide problem in modern times. While most drugs in regular use are prescribed by doctors as they have positive and curative effects on our bodies, others might have psychological and physiological effects that are gravely detrimental to our health. Yet, the induced pleasure, excitement or stamina that it provides, lures many of us to indulge in using them. Unfortunately many of these substances also are habit forming and addictive and very soon, we find ourselves trapped in its use. At this stage we have effectively begun to abuse the substance. Our organ a system, especially the nervous system is severely impacted resulting in loss of cognitive abilities and even worse. Substance abuse has seen a steady increase in India in the last decade, and its growth is even more alarming among teenagers and young adults. Some States in India have been acutely affected by this public health issue. Given the growing number of youth, and the increasing access to such substances in spite of legal checks, it is imperative to educate the youth to the long term effects of drug abuse and provide effective social net to dissuade them from taking up this habit and to retrieve and rehabilitate those who are already endangered by drug abuse.
How Mental Health Professionals can help you?
The use of Drugs among the youth begins as a act of adventurism, desire for induced pleasure and as mere experiments. But very soon people realise that they have become addicted to this habit and from being mere acts of experiments and pleasure, they are now compelled to use it. Family and community might treat this as a socially deplorable act or even as crime leading to ostracization and stigma. This effectively drives the individuals further into abuse. Mental Health Professionals are best equipped through their discipline to understand this correctly as an ailment, yet unlike other health professionals they are also uniquely trained to understand the psychological and social needs of the individuals that drove them to such abuse. Thus they are able to engage with the individual in a sensitive and holistic manner to radically cure them from the addiction and allow for full rehabilitation in most cases. If they are immersed in youth settings, they are also well poised to detect and analyze the potential for such abuse in groups and intervene proactively to prevent drug abuse. Thus the role of Mental Health Professionals in countering and constraining the spread of drug abuse is well documented and widely accepted.
Objective of the Awareness Campaign.
The campaign aims to mobilise social capital against drug abuse by uniting student community, faculty, parents, management & stake holders to achieve the following objectives.
1.Building awareness of the causes and effects of addictions
2.Raising awareness of each category of Drugs and their consequences
3.Making aware of availability of resources to overcome addiction
4.Tips & practical techniques to handle crisis.
5.Creating awareness to destigmatize victims of drug abuse and sensitizing parents, communities and care givers