De-Addiction Fact Sheet

Drugs

De-Addiction Centres

Recovery

Current Drug Issues

Drugs

What are the commonly abused drugs?

  • In India, Marijuana and amphetamine-type stimulants (basic over the counter drugs) continue to top the list.
  • Other widespread illicit drugs include nicotine (tobacco), cocaine, and heroin. The increasing prevalence of these drugs is largely due to the social acceptance surrounding them in India.

How are drugs admitted into the body?

  • The most common way drugs are admitted into the body is by smoking. Other techniques include: injection (liquid form ie: Heroin), snorting (powder form ie: Cocaine), chewing (solid form ie: Tobacco), admission orally (tablets ie: ATS), and drinking (ie: Alcohol)

What are some recurring side effects to drug abuse?

  • Some variation of anxiety or depression seems to plague the life of nearly every addict. Many times a psychological disorder will arise from drug addiction as well.

What are some serious health issues related to drug abuse?

  • Connections are often made between lung cancer and Nicotine addiction.
  • HIV is a growing issue among the addict community. Especially in India, addicts spread these blood borne viruses to one another by sharing needles.
  • Often drug abuse results in a psychological disorder. These disorders demonstrate the controlling effect drugs can have on your brain – damaging neurological function.

Are there non-medical consequences to drug abuse?

  • On top of the medical consequences associated with drug abuse, there tend to be numerous non-medical ramifications that are overlooked.
  • Social, financial, family, marital, occupational and legal problems all have potential to relate directly to illicit use of drugs.

Why does the younger generation's drug problem pose a threat to India as a whole?

  • Our younger generation will compose and construct the future of India. A generation addicted to illegal drugs will self-destruct.
  • The big picture: When an example of individual irresponsibility is regularly displayed at home, that example is often fleshed out in the lives of the younger generation. An overall apathy towards drug abuse is beginning to surface in India.

Are over the counter medications addictive?

  • Amphetamine-type stimulants, or your basic over the counter medications, are very popular and highly addictive. They are cheap and easily accessible, making it hard for the government to regulate use.
  • As the second most abused drugs in India, over the counter medications have sadly become a part of our culture.

Is drug abuse influencing women in India?

  • Yes – many would like to ignore it, some are shedding light on it; but the association between women and drug abuse is becoming an inconvenient reality in India.
  • The burden of drug abuse carried by many women (whether it be because of family circumstances or actual addiction) demonstrates the cultural shift taking place in India. As women change roles addicts are isolated and discovered or introduced and established.

When do most people slip into drug addiction?

  • The youth of our country are most prone to initiate drug usage. Sadly, addiction commonly begins between the ages of 16 and 21.

Is there a social status related to drug abuse?

  • Particular drugs do carry with them a certain social status. Cocaine, for example, is very expensive. Its abusers often fall into the elite economic class.
  • In general though, the lower economic class is where most illegal drug addicts are found. Sadly, many addicts develop lifestyles of theft or drug dealing in an effort to prolong their addictions.

De-addiction Centres

Should my centre hold a deaddiction drive?

  • Holding a de-addiction drive can be a very beneficial event for your centre. Drives present a number of advantages for your centre, and can provide momentum for your centre’s eventual success.
  • De-addiction drives can be an opportunity for addicts to enter into a comfortable atmosphere where they can meet and relate to other addicts.

Are there de-addiction centres for women?

  • Though the vast majority of centres revolve around male addicts, the recent influence of drug abuse on Indian women has sparked a need for women rehabilitation centres. As a response to this need, Divyyyaa Baja developed the Miracle Foundation.
  • The Miracle Foundation is the first step towards de-addiction for women in India, and as a result, women are becoming less apprehensive towards seeking help. Though, the de-addiction scene is still an uncomfortable one for Indian women.

Where can I find treatment?

  • De-addiction centres located across India offer services for youth, women, and men. From Delhi to Mumbai addiction-specific rehabilitation centres exist for you and your loved ones.
  • From de-addiction centres specializing in drug addiction treatment, to luxury centres located across India, this site offers information on over 500 locations for your convenience.
  • Browse our centres directory for more information.

Do I need to be careful to avoid illegal de-addiction centres?

  • Yes, this is an issue addicts and those not addicted to drugs both need to be aware of. Illegal de-addiction centres have a reputation of treating patients like inmates. Horrifying stories of addicts attending illegal centres are frequently written and talked about among news analysts and journalists.
  • The presence of illegal de-addiction centres across our country further exposes the government’s lack of concern surrounding the issue of drug abuse.

Recovery

Why should addicts consider rehabilitation?

  • De-addiction centres are organizations committed to seeing addicts reach a state of total abstinence. Centres across India assist addicts every day in reaching their goals surrounding drug abuse.
  • Testimonial of addicts who have experienced success in rehabilitation show the effectiveness of de-addiction centres.

Is quitting impossible when your dependent on the intoxicant?

  • Get Help!
  • Quitting is always possible; but it is very difficult to do on you own. A common piece of advice given to addicts is never hesitate to ask for help – this is especially true when one becomes dependent on a particular drug.
  • Quitting a drug you’re dependent on can be a long and even painful process, but let me assure you – there is always hope.

Are there online resources that can help with addiction?

  • Helpful sites with drug rehabilitation listings, basic recovery tips, and massive data bases of information on drug abuse exist on the web.
  • Discover a number of particularly helpful sites under our resources tab.

What is 12 step treatment?

  • 12 step recovery was a program originally designed for alcoholics and has grown into an idea utilized by numerous rehabilitation clinics, ie: Narcotics Anonymous.
  • The idea behind the program, first developed by alcoholics anonymous in 1935, is to first and foremost admit that we are “powerless over alcohol”. Then, with this premise in mind, the program takes you through a variety of steps often leading people to satisfied lives apart from alcoholic abuse.

Current Drug Issues

What is Harm Reduction?

  • Harm reduction is a way that the government attempts to deal with the growing number of diseases spread by improper drug admission, and the fatal aspects of drug overdose.
  • For example, under harm reduction addicts exchange their needles for clean ones at government-run needle exchange stations.
  • There are pros and cons to this approach. Controversy continues to surround the issue in India. While it exposes addicts and decreases the spread of disease via improper transmission, it also has the potential to keep addicts high. Whether the program tolerates drug use or attempts to abstain from it remains unclear.

Are the Indian youth being educated about drug abuse?

  • It seems a quality education in the area of drug abuse and the risks surrounding it is lacking for youngsters.
  • As we all know, life is an educational experience. We cannot blame this lack of education entirely on the Indian school system; rather, some parents simply need to set a better example for their children and instruct them against drug abuse. But this is difficult as nearly 70% of Indian homes house addicts.

Why do celebrities often become addicted to drugs?

  • Many times celebrities carry a reputation and an “image” that prevents them from seeking help. Celebrities are people who struggle with the same things we do. But their struggles are often placed under the media’s magnifying glass; for this reason celebrities find it difficult to seek help.