What are drug abuse programs? This is usually a question on many people’s minds whenever they come across the name. Drug abuse programs are institutions meant to eradicate the use and abuse of drugs in society.
Drug abuse programs were set up with the motive of helping drug addicts overcome their addiction and enable them to live normal lives without depending on drugs. Drug addicts have suffered a lot in the places that they live. Society has often refused to accept them. They are mainly viewed as outcasts in different communities, thus they are unable to get the help that they need. This has led to the emergence of programs which have helped many addicts overcome their problems.
Drug abuse programs were also invented to create awareness in society. Ignorance is what leads to the use and abuse of drugs among a majority of people. They are influenced by the people around them who persuade them by lying about the benefits of using drugs. These people start using drugs without knowing the consequences of their actions. It is after they can’t do without the drugs that they realize they would have become better people if they had not allowed the drugs to destroy their lives.
Drug abuse programs educate the people on the disadvantages and negative effects that the drugs will have on their lives. Drug abuse programs also offer free counseling to people who are suffering from substance addiction as they cannot afford to go to counseling.
Most of the people suffering from drug addiction need to be heard. They need someone who they can talk to and not be judged. That is why we find that most of them isolate themselves from the rest of the family, because they feel judged and looked down upon. But when they go for counseling, they are able to talk freely and are assisted in getting over their addiction.
Drug abuse programs also work to improve an addict’s self-esteem. Most drug addicts suffer from low self-esteem because they tend to feel un-loved, discriminated against, and they feel as if they are a burden to society. This has led to some of them committing suicide. Drug abuse programs strive to make them feel wanted and loved. They focus on the addict’s strengths instead of their weaknesses. They praise them for any good activity that they participate in and reward them for their efforts.
They organize fun activities where the addicts go out and enjoy themselves with other community members and this greatly improves the addict’s self-esteem. Drug abuse programs have therefore made a positive impact in our societies as they have enabled people to appreciate the need of staying sober and saying no to drugs. They have also taught society how to co-exist peacefully with drug addicts. This has lead to a happy and fulfilling life among people in society.