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By Mehek Shaikh

"I'm not addicted to drugs, I'm addicted to escaping reality." This is what teenagers said when asked "why do you do drugs?"

Drugs help you fill a hole inside your heart you subconsciously knew you always had. They make you feel warm and fuzzy and fill the hole. You feel complete for the first time in a long time. You feel like you're flying. Sometimes even guilty. You'd do anything for more. Thats where the craving starts. Over a period of time, the craving turns into a habit and then an addiction. At this point, you might even try to give it up but you can't. Because, you're stuck in a merry go round. You stop where you started. Slowly it starts affecting your health, you appearance and your life. In a way, it cripples you. You feel paralyzed because you don't know where to start and how. You stay up all night as the brain releases a lot of hormones like serotonin and dopamine. In other words, you're trippin'!! Drugs make you feel happy and cheerful but when they wear off, you crash lower than before.

Many of the teenagers do drugs because of peer pressure, to fit in. To seem grown up. To relieve boredom. To experience happiness. But if you think about it, are any of these reasons good enough for voluntarily ruining your life? Is it ok to lose yourself for the society to accept you? Do you have to walk on the wrong path to find happiness? No. Sometimes, walking on the right path alone is better than following the flock on the wrong one. Courage lies in being different. Courage lies in standing up against the wrong even if it means standing alone. Courage lies in having will power. Saying no to the things we know are wrong.

When parents get to know about their child's drug problem, they verbally abuse them. Sometimes, even beat them up. And in major cases of melodrama, they say, "I wish you were dead." People start asking their children to maintain distance from them. They're left with no one but their thoughts and their 'trip'. And that does nothing but worsens their condition. It is the natural instinct of a parent to be disappointed in their child in such cases but it is very important that they help them recover. They need to be surrounded by positive energy so that they can see the beauty of life even without the lenses of drugs. Teenage is the period of life when children get influenced and fail to identify right and wrong. During this phase, the people whom they need the most are their parents, even if they don't say it.

Drug use has increased up to 30% in India since the last decade. But, in Punjab, in the last 42 days, 3000 drug addicts joined the de-addiction programme which is a good sign. Progress has to start somewhere.

Drugs seem colourful. But they arent as colourful as they seem.

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