6 ways you can help battle the drug addiction problem in India

Three out of every four homes in India have someone suffering from drug addiction. You can help fight this in these 6 simple ways.


The drug addiction problem in India has become alarmingly serious, especially in the largest cities, where youth drug abuse is widespread. Some even estimate that three out of every four homes in India have someone suffering from drug addiction.

The problem is especially serious among young people. By one measure, two-thirds of the youth in Punjab are taking drugs, and not enough is being done to address this deadly problem. Luckily, there are ways you can help. By reaching out to those with problems and helping to educate those who have not yet tried drugs about the dangers of addiction, you can fight this issue at a grassroots level.

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Here are strategies you can use to help stop drug addiction:

1. Educate your friends

Many youth try drugs because they don’t understand the terrible consequences that can accompany drug usage. Help them see by explaining that drug use can lead to:

  • Changes in the functioning of the brain
  • Symptoms of mental illness
  • Death
  • Dropping out of school
  • Legal problems
  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

These all may sound scary, but that’s the idea: Drug use results in some terrifying side effects. It’s not worth the risk, and that’s what you need to explain to your friends.

2. Establish healthy group hobbies

Often, people turn to drugs because they are bored. Perhaps they don’t have enough positive experiences in their life to steer them away from these unhealthy habits. You can help combat that by establishing healthy group hobbies that many people can enjoy.

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For instance, invite friends or family to go for a walk or hike once a week; let a different person choose the destination. Start a book club where you discuss the bestselling novel or memoir of the month. You can also do a weekly group dinner where everyone brings a new recipe they’ve never tried before. With a little fun in your life, drugs become less tempting.

3. Offer understanding

If you do have a friend who has to start the drug rehab process, don’t judge or condemn him or her. Instead, offer understanding and support. Tell your friend he or she is doing the right thing. Encourage him or her to stay with the program for as long as is needed and help out in your friend’s home until he or she returns. It’s harder for someone to succeed at rehab if they don’t have the backing of friends and family.

4. Practice zero tolerance

Offering understanding during the rehab process is important, but if you have a friend or family member who is in the throes of addiction and refuses to admit it, this is not the time to offer understanding. Instead, it’s time to get tough. You want to push this person to admit he or she has a problem and get them off to rehab. Don’t be scared to stage an intervention if that’s what it takes.

5. Join local efforts against drug abuse

There are organizations across India dedicated to fighting drug abuse, and they’re always in need of volunteers. Research opportunities available in your area, and offer your services to the group. They may need you to do anything from stuff envelopes to put up fliers about meetings to act as a peer counselor. Outreach is a hugely important part of fighting the war on drugs, and it helps addicts know that they are not alone.

6. Be hyper aware

You may think that the problem won’t affect you, but you’re be wrong. Drug abuse can happen to anyone, and it’s important to be vigilant about the symptoms of abuse so you can step in to help when someone needs it. Don’t be afraid to raise the issue with someone you think may be abusing drugs. Saving a life is never easy, but it is worth it.


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Kayla Matthews is a healthy living blogger with a passion for sustainable foods, Green initiatives and eco-friendly movements. You can read all of her latest posts by following her on Google+ and Twitter. more

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Kayla Matthews is a healthy living blogger with a passion for sustainable foods, Green initiatives and eco-friendly movements. You can read all of her latest posts by following her on Google+ and Twitter. more
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  • V. Balasubramanian

    Excellent piece of work on drugs. It is important to educate children in their formative ages to desist from drugs and other abuses. Parents must be good role models for their children to emulate. Another problem in schools is increased watching of porn films and sexual abuse, especially after the distribution of free computers to children in schools as in Tamil Nadu. Thank you. Bala.