Drug Addiction is destroying families one after the other, and we just silent witnesses
A recent report released by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, titled, ‘National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India,’ recognises alcohol as the most consumed psychoactive drug in India.
The survey conducted by NDDTC, AIIMS observed that only one in 38 people who report alcohol dependence are getting any treatment and only one in 180 people who report alcohol dependence are hospitalised to address their addiction.
The gap between the patient and medical assistance continues to widen as the patient shuts him/herself away from the societal pressure. This not only affects the substance abuser but also ruins families altogether.
“I have seen cases where the addict is the sole breadwinner in the family and the money originally allocated for the household, gets squandered on drugs. One of my patients spent close to 20 lakhs in procurement of illicit drugs, leaving his family members incapable of sustaining themselves,” says Dr. Jateen Ukrani, Consultant Psychiatrist at the PsyCare Neuropsychiatry Centre, New Delhi.