Posted on July 24, 2014

Changing social structures, pacing lifestyles and rising individual anxiety have led to the social inclusion of substances that give momentary relief from the numerous stressing pulses of current lifestyles. Collectively called as drugs, these substances vary in form, intensity and impact, all leading to change in perception, view point, mood and feelings.

The longing to break the monotony of life is so gripping and universal in nature that society today has evolved a lifestyle where some of these drugs have earned social legitimization. Alcohol, cigarettes are things which youth consider important to at least to try once in their growing years.

However those trapped in the vicious cycle of use and reuse of these substances, still long for the very change they wanted to beat with their first shot at these substances. Now the change is getting rid of their addiction and leading a sober, peaceful and balanced life.

Drug substitution, drug resistance, detoxification are multiple ways available in the proclaiming relief from addiction, however complete redemption remains a hard journey uphill.

Addiction in simplest terms is a state of dependence on a substance, a state where withdrawal is extremely difficult. It is this difficulty in withdrawing from a substance use, that the global community working for drug abuse eradication emphasis on prevention of drug abuse.

And is there a gateway out of drugs?

Drug use and its addiction are both deeper psychological processes initiated and strengthened at psychological level. Mounting mental pressures and influences, give rise to psychological vulnerabilities which gives a person multiple reasons to try drugs. Innate weaknesses and wavering will power are the deepest of the deep causes for choosing temporary and self-annihilating modes of breaking the monotony or escaping from the reality.

Thus, strong psychological linkages of the problem demand for solutions at the same plane. And this brings us to the gateway out of drugs. Psychological strengthening and empowerment can only lead one out of the cycle of addiction. Mostly when one hears this immediately the thought of going to a psychologist comes in mind. Indeed counseling can be good vent for emptying your concerns and pressures; however, it cannot build any psychological strength. In fact no physical technique or moral lecturing can make you psychologically strong.

The key to building inner strength lies in exploring one’s own inner reserves of energy and strength. Vedanta exhorts that human beings have a wide unexplored and unacquainted reserve of energy called soul, the storehouse of immense power.  A realization of this storehouse of energy is actually the gateway out of drugs.