The Euphoric World |

“Addicts can stop anytime they want”

A very popular saying almost all around the world, let’s just say that…drug abuse can happen to anyone regardless of the age ranges, personalities, and financial stabilities. It is a complex situation for them, falling into it, and coming out of that space takes more than strong will power, commitment, and backup support.

Drug abuse may start from a mere moment; might be a certain tough time in life, teenage experiments, peer influences, anxieties, etc. but that’s only the beginning of drifting into that alley.

Hence drug intakes can be in various ways; such as inhalation, injection, ingestion.

Wonder what exactly is a drug abuse/addiction?

Well, to be precise it’s actually a complex disease going on for a long time that can make a person completely dependent on it, where missed intakes can give the victim series of withdrawals.

Addiction begins when a person starts finding peace upon the use of the drugs, it starts with little doses and eventually leads to high dosage and even fatal overdosing.

Human curiosity leads to obsession until the person starts to assimilate the deeds of that peace-provider they already transverse into space where the real consciousness or attentiveness from the surrounding numbs away till the effect remains; hence the 'high' state called Euphoria.

If it’s easy to fall in then what’s so tough in falling out?

Yes, you’re very much on point when asking this question either to yourself or to some other. But that’s where we lose the connection, the sentiment that follows when someone intentionally or unintentionally slips into addiction.

This is more than what we see or what we hear and definitely more than what we will feel, and that is exactly where we are unsuccessful to grasp what they are caught up with because we don’t always know what might be in someone’s mind.

However, addiction is a one-round cycle that is never-ending, ready to swallow the person back in its deepwater; the relapse.

Why do they even choose it at the start?

Now, this is a question that revolves around in societies a lot of the time but doesn’t exactly have the answer.

There are almost half a billion people all over the world who fall victim to various drug addictions and many have unfortunately even lost lives due to overdoses or got cramped into it mentally as well as physically, hence this not only affects themselves but also their hampers their loved ones.

The addiction to drugs comes with side effects that are major at times when the body becomes tolerant to it in a slow process and causes the weakening of the immune system, seizures, weight loss and more based on the dependency of the victim on the substance then they have high chances of getting increasingly paranoid, lose self-control, hallucinate, have mood swings, etc.

According to a report by the NCBI, In India itself, 62.5 million people use alcohol, 8.75 million use cannabis, 2 million use opiates, and 0.6 million use sedatives or hypnotics. 17% to 26% of these people can be classified as dependent users who need urgent treatment.

India witnessed a 455% increase in drug hauls from the year 2011 to 2013 and at least ten suicides every day due to drug addiction.

According to the, here are some of the drug intake statistics studied and submitted by the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), India.

Opioids (heroin, morphine, etc.):

● Approximately 2.6 crore people in India have used or use opioids.

● More than 60 lakh people in India suffer from Opioid use disorders.

● The most common drug used is Heroin followed by Pharmaceutical opioids and Opium.

● Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat contribute to more than half of the people suffering from Opioid abuse.

Sedatives and Inhalant:

● Approximately 1.18 crore people use sedatives and inhalants.

● 4.6 lakh children and 18 lakh adults need help as a result of inhalant use.

● The prevalence of use is higher in children and adolescents as compared to adults.

● Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, and Haryana have a very high child population in need of help as a result of an overdose.

Injected Drugs (Through syringes and other mediums):

● Over 8.5 lakh people inject drugs into themselves and are addicted.

● Uttar Pradesh (100,000), Punjab (88,000), Delhi (86,000) top the numbers.

● The most common drugs injected are Heroin (48%) and Buprenorphine (46%).

● 27% of people who inject drugs admit sharing their needled with other people, risking diseases like HIV.


● About 14.6% of the total population of India (~ 16 crore people) are users of alcohol

● Country liquor (desi) and IMFL (Indian made foreign liquor) are predominantly consumed beverages.

● Nearly 6 crore people suffer or need help because of harmful/dependent alcohol use i.e one in every three alcohol users.

● Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Punjab, Goa, and Andhra Pradesh have the most prevalent alcohol use.

“Relapse is a part of Recovery”

Numerous rehab centers are set in many parts of the country, drug rehabilitation centers, or commonly “the rehab” are the institutes that provide medical and psychotherapeutic treatments for the de-addiction and deplete the seeking dependency on the drugs.

Therapies in rehab centers have been successful for many of the victims but many of them have also gone through stages of relapse. It is a process that needs regular monitoring and takes more than one-time treatment.

According to the NIH, there are a variety of evidence-based methods in treating addiction. Drug treatment can include behavioral therapy (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or contingency management), medications, or their combination. The specific type of treatment or combination of treatments will differ depending on the patient’s individual needs and, often, on the types of drugs they use.

Relapse is a part of recovery and there have been certain setbacks at some point in the process of the de-addiction treatment. Hence, providing a proper distraction and mindset with frequent therapies of emotion regulations can prevent the chances of relapsing.

Also, treatments like Behavioral Therapy has proved to be successful in motivating the people for drug treatments, craving control and preventing relapses, also helped people improve communication, relationship, and parenting skills, as well as family dynamics.

It is a straining process for the victims both from the perspective of mental and physical aspect that needs to be monitored until progressions are visible to the doctors. Therefore, there are certain rehabilitation centers that provide a basic to luxurious and calming ambiance for the comfort of the patients to go through the journey of de-addiction.

However, before entering a rehab center the victim needs to go through a process of detox; it is a process of internal cleansing of the addictive substances that have been consumed, this process takes up to a week or more to be done depending on the person’s body cooperation and is monitored closely by doctors and nurses to help when withdrawals take place. After the proper detox is done, that’s when the patients are given access to the rehab.

Note: Given here is a 24x7 National Toll-Free Drug De-addiction Helpline Number

1800-11-0031 set up to help the victims of drug abuse issued by the Government of India.

Help and Treatments

Drug abuse/ addiction is one of the major issues that has only been increasing with time. For helping someone abusing drugs, approaches need to be very careful for it is very much a possibility for the victims to get angry and defensive.

There are always signs that show the symptoms of the person who are influenced with drug substances, such as a change in sleeping schedules or eating habits, increased need to use drug substances to avoid withdrawals, increased use of it as the body becomes tolerant to the drug doses over time, mood swings, physical changes or losing interests.

Therefore enforced ways will not be much of help for the struggling victims, so approaching them with care is the only key, it is indeed a frightening and vulnerable state for both the victim and their loved ones and showing empathy while asking them for getting the help they need is what might make them consider accepting the offered help.

Hence help is always only a call away, whenever you are ready.

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