The city of Kolkata has a tangible problem of drug abuse, affecting largely the economically weak.
The issue is further complicated by the influx of migrant workers from neighbouring rural areas.
Being a port and also an international airport, it is also a significant entry point for narcotics from
the 'Golden Triangle'.
Due to close proximity of the northeastern states of Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland, injecting
is the general mode of drug use in Kolkata. Consequently, HIV affliction among the drug-using population
is already a matter of growing concern. Brown sugar, Tidigesic, SpasmoProxyvon, Avil, morphine etc.
are some of the commonly used drugs.
Today there are thousands of afflicted street children, daily labourers and rag pickers. They spend their
entire earning on drugs or alcohol and become prone to committing crimes like theft, shoplifting, snatching
and armed robbery. They are sometimes driven to extremes like selling their blood and organs and committing
murder for money to procure the substances they are addicted to.
Poverty, easy access to drugs, high cost of treatment centres and the large number of street-addicts
have resulted in a crisis situation, which needs to be tackled on a war footing.
Our gratitude to all those ex- clients who started their journey of recovery from Prayas Centre. Though Addiction/ Alcoholism is a disease, but these very words have become a stigma to our society....
Management of chemical dependency is a complex issue which has to be handled by professionals specialized in various discipline, working together in the common task of treating and rehabilitating the dependant / addict..
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations..
ADDICTION IN FACTS
Addiction is one of the most dangerous public health and social problem. It is a progressive syndrome, which means that it increases in severity over time unless it is treated.
Addiction has been extended, however, to include mood-altering behaviors or activities.
There is a growing recognition that many addicts are addicted to more than one substance or process. Substance abuse is characterized by frequent relapse or return to the abused substance. Substance abusers often make repeated attempts to quit before they have any successful treatment. Changing pattern of substance from one to another (as example: from marijuana to heroine) abuse in patients been increased without proper treatment.