DIMAPUR, JANUARY 17: Drug-users undergoing intervention programmes have been encouraged to keep persisting and not get bogged down by ‘failures’ as recovery from drug use is possible.
According to Ketho Angami, the president of Access to Rights and Knowledge (ARK) Foundation, there is hope despite ‘failures’ because if drug use is a process, so too is recovery.
“There will be failures but one should not give up hope as recovery from drug use is possible,” he said while speaking to participants of three programmes on substance use prevention, management and co-morbidities, as part of the ‘Drug-free India’ campaign.
A press release from the foundation on Sunday informed that two of the programmes were held virtually on January 13 with drug users and in partnership with NEDHIV-Tuli and YMS-Tamlu TI projects. The other programme was conducted on January 16 at the office of the OST centre, Wokha District Hospital.
Speaking as the resource person, Angami emphasised on the nature of drug use and its harmful effects on the individual and the society at large.
He said that “addiction” affects the person in all-round dimension and that people started this habit out of various reasons and gradually become dependent.
Further, Angami shared that “drug use” is a dangerous habit as during the course of the addictive days, drug users come across various risk factors such as deaths because of an overdose, likelihood of HIV, Viral Hepatitis and TB infection on a daily basis.
In his briefing on all these diseases, he said that the main concern is lack of awareness and information, which results in the spread. Also, there is the challenge to easy access to all such test and treatment facilities in the state, he added.
On the subject of drug overdose, Angami said that it is reversible and human lives should not be lost due to overdose.
The main cause of all those health concerns pertaining to drug use, he reiterated, was ‘the habit of addiction’.
“If drug users work towards achieving a drug-free life, all such risk will cease to exist,” he said.
As such, Angami pointed out, recovery from addiction is possible.
“There are treatment facilities and various services available in our state which could be availed thereby opening the doors to leading a drug-free life,” he asserted. (Page New Service)