Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Control

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Drug Abuse

Drug abuse should be considered a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year millions of serious illnesses or injuries can be witnessed due to drug abuse among youngsters. 

A chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences can be defined as an addiction. It is considered a human brain disorder, because it causes many functional changes to brain circuits which function in reward, stress, and self-control, and those changes may last a long time after a person has stopped the consumption of drugs.


Addiction

Drugs and alcohol are addictive substances. Once a person becomes addicted to these abuses, it is not easy to get rid of oneself. Their addiction and dependence could produce severe outcomes that may lead to a long term problem and adolescents are more prone to getting into these habits.

Alcohol and drug abuse can be called a very common problem that our society is facing today. If left untreated, the addiction may lead to serious issues in the long run. 


Composition of Drugs Causing Abuse 

Abused drugs include the use of the following - 

  • Heroin

  • Alcohol

  • Cocaine

  • Nicotine

  • Marijuana

  • Club drugs

  • Anabolic steroids

Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Prevention and Control

It is very true that a young and adolescent mind could be moulded in any direction depending on the kind of exposure they get. Unknowingly, they might befriend abusers and get into the habit of drinking, smoking or taking drugs. At this point of time, it is the responsibility of the parents as well as the teachers to handle the issue sensitively and guide them through the right direction without scolding or punishing them as these issues are very sensitive. 


Measures to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse 

Measures which need to be taken to prevent and control alcohol and drug abuse are - 

  • In our society, the youth are often pushed beyond their limits to excel in every field. Parents want their kids to outperform their peers in studies, sports, creativity, and every other activity. In the rush of performing well, the children tend to come under extreme pressure and have the tendency to take up alcohol and drugs as a mode of relaxation. 

  • Continuous counselling is required to teach the child to deal with failures, pressures, stress, and disappointments. Productive activities such as music, painting, yoga, sports or one of their hobbies could also help.

  • Children tend to pick up habits from their closed ones. Thus, the habits of parents and elder siblings towards alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs also affect the child’s choices.

  • In case the child is stressed out and on the verge of abuse, help must be provided from parents or even trusted friends who may guide them in the right direction, helping them vent out their anxiety and guilt.

  • Parents must stay connected with the child, keeping a track of his/her whereabouts at all times. Spending more family time together will help them stay close and honest with their parents.

  • Having good friends is equally important in the case of a child fallen prey to alcohol and drug abuse. 

  • Immediate actions should be taken in these cases of alcohol and drug abuse as more delays may lead to serious issues. 

However, despite all the preventive measures, if the child still does get into the abuse, it is advised to seek professional aid. There are a number of rehabilitation centres, de-addiction programs and qualified psychiatrists who would help to get rid of the problem.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Define Addiction

Ans - Addiction refers to a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences. It is considered a human brain disorder, because it causes many functional changes to brain compartments functioning in reward, stress, and self-control, and those changes may last a long time after a person has stopped the consumption of drugs.

Drugs and Alcohols are addictive substances. Once a person becomes addicted to these abuses, it is not easy to get rid of oneself. Their addiction and dependence could produce severe outcomes that may lead to a long term problem and adolescents are more prone to getting into these habits.

Alcohol and drug abuse can be called a very common problem that our society is facing today. If left untreated, the addiction may lead to serious issues in the long run.

2. Name the Ingredients of Drugs Which Cause Abuse Among Adolescents.

Ans - Heroin, cocaine, club drugs etc are the ones that cause abuse among the adolescents. 


3. Mention Few of the Measures that Can be Taken to Reduce Drug Abuse

Ans - Measures which need to be taken to prevent and control alcohol and drug abuse are - 

  • Parents should understand the capacity of their children and expect accordingly. Parents should not force their kids to outperform their peers in studies, sports, creativity, and every other activity as in the rush of performing well, the children tend to come under extreme pressure and have the tendency to take up alcohol and drugs as a mode of relaxation. 

  • Children might pick up habits from their closed ones. Thus, the habits of parents and elder siblings towards alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs also affect the child’s choices.