I have been dealing with substance abusers for more than fifteen years. I have seen bright young potentials getting lost and wasted under the influence of drugs.
The society has lost some of its human resources that it would have otherwise loved to treasure – doctors, engineers, academicians. Many a time I hear people saying that drug addiction is on the decline.
But I beg to differ from them. It is true that the trend has changed, but the menace of drug addiction still continues to maintain its overpowering nature grasping the young generation under its venomous claws.
“Why did you start taking drugs” – is one of the basic questions that are asked to people having problems with the substance. Interesting enough, a large majority say “Just for fun”. It is true that none of the drug users start using drugs to get hooked to it. Some can manage to stop after having the fun while others fail. They become drug dependents.
Some of the most common factors that lead to drug use are
Curiosity and the urge to experiment – teenagers are always trying to experiment with new things. They are curious to experience the feeling of “high” associated with the use of a drug. This could be the starting point of addiction.
Peer pressure – teenagers always strive to conform to their peer group. Drug abuse in the peer group is a risk factor.
Stress – resulting from problems at school / college, work pressure, strained relationship, financial difficulties.
Frustration and depression resulting from several factors like failed romance, bereavement, marital problems, academic failure.
Mental illness – to overcome depression, anxiety.
Physical conditions like severe pain, insomnia, etc. might lead to abusing prescription drugs.
Loneliness and boredom.
Family history of addiction.
A knowledge of these causative factors will help you in assessing the vulnerability of your child and helping him to stay away from drugs.
Looking forward to your suggestions, tips, and experience!