My name is X and I am not an Addict………..
I am an educated young man coming from a good family. I am into the habit of drinking alcohol since the last seven years and, have given up controlling my drinking habits thinking that people should mind their own business as I was just a social drinker who was enjoying a drink with his friends. Until, I found that alcohol was taking over my life…….. Usually it started off innocently enough when I was in my teens and had alcohol with my friends, out of curiosity and now, the curiosity has taken a bad shape, I am into the habit of drinking everyday and have started avoiding college, exams, my friends and even my family…
I was told by someone, I met two years back – that “it doesn’t matter how long you have been drinking or what you have been drinking or how regularly but, its what alcohol does to you that counts”. I was in denial, and convinced myself that I am just a social drinker and I enjoy drinking which is not a problem or a threat at all. Most of the youngsters fall into the trap of denial, and do not accept that it is a bad habit rather they justify such acts of drinking or drugs by an excuse. But any habit of drinking alcohol or drugs always gets worse.
“I am now slowly realising that alcohol is impacting my studies my social circle and my mental self, like any other youngster, I too was confused between the terms consumption and Addiction”
Children grow older and reach the teenage and young adult stages of life. With age, the parents’ influence often diminishes, and as part of life’s natural progression, youngsters are influenced more and more by their peers. As one of the most powerful tools, useful in swaying youngsters towards addiction.
Many do not understand why and how individuals become addicted to drugs or Alcohol. One very common belief is that, Addicts should be able to just stop taking alcohol if they really wanted and willing to change their behaviour. What people often underestimate is the complexity of addiction – that it’s a disease that impacts the brain and because of that, not using drugs or alcohol is not simply a matter of willpower.
Mostly teenagers and youth, first try drugs/alcohol out of curiosity, to have a good time, because their friends are doing it. They think it as a status symbol and a sign of being smarter. It’s all fun for them. People who have low self-esteem or live a stressful lifestyle use addictive drugs to ease problems such as stress, anxiety or depression. Those who have gone through problems with relationships, such as fights with girlfriend/boyfriend or family members, or the loss of friends often get dependent on alcohol or drugs. Before alcohol or drugs takes over our life lets understand that addiction is a problem which needs to be addressed and as parents, friends or well wishers it’s important that we take a step forward and guide the youth who are getting addicted to alcohol or drugs at an alarming rate.
It’s time for young boys and girls to understand what is Addiction and that it should be treated…….
Currently in Odissa, more youngsters discover themselves addicted to alcohol/drugs than ever before. Many de-addiction centres have been functioning very actively in and around Bhubaneswar. It is important for us to understand that such De addiction centre’s could change you or your loved one’s life.
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