Punjab’s new female addicts – The Hindu

The State’s drug crisis has acquired another dimension following a steady increase in the number of female addicts. Vikas Vasudeva reports on the toll substance abuse has taken on the lives and families of these women and the infrastructural support needed to help them

Difficult to believe but they are true..

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How My Parents Saved Me From Drug Abuse!

From alcohol addiction at school to recreational and prescription drugs…..saved by his mother who led him to recovery in a rehab center


What’s it like being sober? I’ve been sober for 13 and a half years and I can say it’s the reason I’m happy today. It’s the reason I’m grateful today.

For my family who has loved me through my best and my worst and in fact loved me harder when I was so difficult to love. For the hundreds of second chances I got.

Today I’m living my dream of being a musician and I’m engaged to the woman of my dreams who accepts my past and loves me. My message?

Using drugs is not cool…being dependent can ruin your life. It’s never to late to turn it around so don’t stress about what people say. Those who love you will no matter what, and that’s all you really need.


We kids need to be looking ved through our best and worst..

And love us harder when we are most difficult to love…..don’t let go..

‘I wanted my son to die’ – BBC News


Drugs have been a scourge in Punjab for years now – once a transit point on the drug route, the state has now become a major consumer base.

For representation only

Ms Devi says Ricky started using drugs when he was still in school and, eventually, he dropped out.



The heartbreaking story of a Punjabi father who lost his son to heroin….that crosses hrough the national border

Down The Rabbit Hole…Addiction/Rehab India

In his book, White Magic, a story of “heartbreak, hard drugs and hope,” Nath tells a fellow addict this during his fourth and most successful attempt at overcoming his addiction. Today a Delhi-based successful corporate lawyer and author of one of the most raw and riveting pieces of writing in contemporary Indian fiction, he’s been six years clean after a decade of heroin abuse. This quote (simplistic) as it seems, became my pre-emptive for understanding alcohol and drug addiction and it should for you too.,


If you would line to read Indian stories of abusers, their experiences in various rehab centres, the metholodogies they use and most importantly the personal stories of these brave people who have come forward to share their trauma to be able to help and inspire us..

Do read the aptly named
Down the rabbit hole..


Videos…real life stories

Quoting from the site….

The best way to convey the truth about drugs is through the words of those who have “been there.” By telling their stories, they can pass on what they have learned so others avoid going down the same path.


My goal in life wasn’t living…it was getting high. I was falling in a downward spiral towards a point of no return. Over the years, I turned to cocainemarijuana and alcohol under a false belief it would allow me to escape my problems. It just made things worse. I had everything, a good job, money, a loving family, yet I felt so empty inside. As if I had nothing. Over twenty years of using, I kept saying to myself, I’m going to stop permanently after using this last time. It never happened. There were even moments I had thought of giving up on life.” John

Share this information with your friends. Drug education saves lives.

There is a documentary as well.


That feeling of emptiness
Despite having it all
That feeling of loneliness
Inspite of being in a crowd
That’s a danger signal
It needs to be addressed
Drugs are not the solution
They are part of the problem
They make things worse
Much much worse

“16 and Recovering”

Where Are They Now? Messages of Hope For Those Looking To Begin Their Own Recovery Journey | NIDA for Teens


If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs, hearing about another person’s path toward recovery can help them see that treatment works and can encourage them to seek help. While the recovery journey may be challenging, it is possible. Through treatment, people with drug addiction can recover and continue to lead healthy lives.

Feeling supported by friends, loved ones, and teachers is crucial to recovery for people who may be using drugs. This support should include open, non-judgmental conversations that focus on the person rather than their addiction. Reducing the stigma around addiction is critical to supporting people who use drugs as they may feel reluctant to seek treatment or ashamed to talk about their addiction with loved ones due to fear of judgement or blame. 

The recovery journeys of high school students Abbie, Faith, Joey, and Alba at the Northshore Recovery High School in Massachusetts were documented in the MTV reality docuseries, “16 and Recovering.” After the docuseries aired, MTV caught up with the students to hear about where they are since graduating. They share their honest thoughts on recovery and messages of hope for those looking to work toward recovery themselves.

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Stories of Addiction and Recovery

Four recovery stories from America



Authored by: Audra Franchini

A Look into the Lives of Those Who Sought Drug Abuse Treatment

Behind substance use disorder is people – people with real stories of struggle and triumph.

Drug and alcohol addiction stories are usually shadowed by short, faceless segments on the news. But there’s a deeper, human element in each story that is too often untold.

We sat down to hear from four courageous people: all who have been caught in the grips of addiction and all who continue to live in recovery, helping and inspiring others along the way.

These are their stories. Read about their journeys, and learn how drug abuse treatment has played different but essential roles in their lives.

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A medical practitioner shares his story


I cannot tell you my name, or where I live, or even the specialty within which I practice medicine. I cannot do so for I have been shamed, embarrassed, and at times stigmatized. Even today, years later, I fear retribution, liability, and even prosecution. Some of this may have been deserved at one time, but today my story is one of success. It is a story of hope, of support and of recovery. I share this intimate tale so that you, my colleagues and friends in the medical field, can hear the human side of addictive disease, of its treacherous grip, and of the freedom and confidence from which I have emerged from this terrifying illness.


True Stories………..from survivors

The truth is in the detail…

The heartbreaking stories of those who have walked that path…and survived

These stories are of struggle…of despair…of hope…and proof that one can overcome..as the authors have.

Do read…

This article is a heartbreaking story about how peer pressure could drive a person to do drugs.

How peer pressure drove me to drug abuse -Drug abuse survivor

This article is about a mother’s cry for her son who overdosed and many more who are under the influence of drugs. This mainly focuses on drug culture in India.


This website has generalized content about the stories of drug abuse survivors. It’s a very realistic yet sad site to know more about drug abuse.


This site covers:
The link between substance abuse and mental health
What comes first drug abuse or the mental health problem
Alcohol and drugs used for sell-medication
Recognising a dual diagnosis
Dual diagnosis and denial
Common signs and symptoms of co-occuring disorders
Self help and helping loved ones