Drug abuse is a path towards self-destruction.
One of the important benefits of awakening the feminine in us is becoming self-aware. This not only connects us to the beautiful things in life and allows us to be one with nature but it also warns and protects us against the devilish forces which can ruin us as an individual. These devilish forces can kill the soul’s voice and derail us from the nature’s path. Drug abuse is one such devilish force which can destroy and make us hollow from not only the inside but also from the outside.
Drug abuse is a very-very serious curse on humanity. Drugs are a sure path to self-destruction as well as destruction of everything around you. Why then this is happening? The tragedy is that this is happening even though we know the end result of this curse. Drug abuse leads to total destruction of the individual beyond repair.
Drug abuse with the narcotic drugs like opium and its derivatives are a sure invitation of self-abuse and ruin. This is a sure path of self-destruction as these drugs produce a sense of false well being and transport the person to a different world of dream and fantasy. Here the person looses touch with the reality. Further the abuse of drugs of this kind becomes highly dangerous because of the serious addiction potential of these agents. Addiction and dependence totally destroys the person physically and psychologically.
In fact smoking and consummation of alcohol are forms of drug abuse. Alcohol is medically a drug which has varied effects on the human body. Similarly cigarettes contain nicotine which is a highly addictive substance with a very high potential of causing cancer. Both can lead to serious physical, psychological and medical problems in the future. Smoking is the deadlier among the two because of the serious health hazard it creates like cancer.
Alcohol consummation is a milder form of drug abuse. To speak scientifically Alcohol is a drug with effects on the Central Nervous System. It first produces a feeling of well being by stimulating the CNS which is followed by depression of the CNS. Alcohol in moderate terms can be a good appetizer and also good for the heart. But alcohol can definitely lead to dependence and chronic alcoholism can affect the physical, mental and psychological well being of an individual. Alcohol can be used as a crutch to escape the stress and problems of living a “fast lane” life with total focus on the self and the materialistic pursuit of the current world.
Alcohol is also used by many for leisure. But the question is how to maintain a balance? It is necessary for a person consuming alcohol even in a milder form to be aware of the hazards of this substance and how it can not only affect him physically , psychologically and medically but how it can also have a very negative forbearing on his family.
But the most deadly of them all, are the various types of narcotic drugs and their derivatives which are mostly banned substances the world over. Usage of these deadly variant of drugs starts with an attitude that it’s fine to just try it once. But behind this attitude may lay a serious psychological problem that the person suffers from. Maybe there is vast emptiness in the person’s life. Maybe the person is nursing a trauma which refuses to heal even though years have passed. May be there was a serious turmoil in his life involving his physical, mental or emotional constitution. Maybe there was a deep desire to be part of something meaningful which never happened. Maybe the person’s true yearnings from the soul were not getting fulfilled as he had not properly understood the same.
In all the above cases, there is a serious gap between what the person is now and what he wants to be. To bridge this gap, unconsciously or with a conscious choice the person moves towards drugs for solace. The question is why this happens despite the person knowing the real dangers of this path? The person gets into it knowing thoroughly well that he is trying to escape reality and he is passing into a dream world which is never going to be true.
Ultimately there is a heavy price to pay. Many people who have taken drugs somehow come back to track after some time but many more get hooked for life and thus destroy their beautiful life on earth. This is a serious problem of today’s world and we need to understand the root cause of this problem from various angles. Youngsters are getting hooked to drugs in a big way all around the world. If you ask them straight they would argue that they are not addicts and they are just doing it for some fun. But the question to be asked is fun at what cost? Is there something more than fun which pushes a youngster towards this dreaded curse? For that we need to ask questions about the lifestyle of the person concerned? We need to know about his/her past experiences and how his/her past experiences are shaping his/her current reality.
Every individual who gets into the trap of drug abuse needs to be helped out in terms of identifying the real reason why he/she is doing drugs. Society should help in bringing back into mainstream the people who have fallen in this trap. We need to work as a team to help each other from falling in this trap and we need to take care of those who have fallen in this trap by bringing them back to the track fully reenergized to live a meaningful and purposeful life. It’s just not enough that the person who was an addict or a person who was using drugs stops it completely. The issue that has to be addressed is the underlying cause which in the first place made the person to use drugs. We have to solve the root cause of the problem. Symptomatic solutions won’t work in this kind of scenario. What is needed is a permanent solution to a very serious problem.
The permanent solution is not that easy as it looks like. To find a permanent solution to drug abuse the work has to start from the grass root level. It has to address issues which concern to the total well being of youngsters. It has to involve the strengthening of the familial and social network which can provide a solid foundation to a child’s growing up years in terms of a stable family environment at home, recognition of the child’s talents at the early stage, proper educational facilities, health, nutrition and recreation.
Youngsters have to be nurtured from their childhood with proper love and care, they need to be allowed to blossom creatively with their talents recognized and they need to be guarded from any type of mental or physical abuse. They should be taught to express the feminine and masculine principles in a balanced way. Only a youngster with such a balanced and protective upbringing can grow into an individual who becomes self-aware and who understands the responsibility he/she has to himself/herself and others. This is the fundamental solution that is required in the society whereby we can prevent youngsters from falling into the trap of drug abuse. Here womenfolk have a very important role in bringing up the next generation in a balanced way. Only womanhood and the feminine manifestation of love, compassion, nurturing and healing can show youngsters how to live a life with a purpose which is in sync with nature. Only such a life which is holistic in nature and which unifies the forces of nature towards construction and creation can protect the next generation from vices like drug abuse.
We need to explore every aspect of this dreaded menace and increase awareness in the society so that can we can completely root out this serious problem.
Article by Sanjay Nair
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