In school, at home, at work, in the media and our communities, we have come across the effects of drug addiction. The addict is not only emotionally unstable but he or she may experience health, psychological and social problems. While the addict has the responsibility to get help, we all play a role in their survival and sobriety. So what does this entail?

Education
Most people in the community do not know how they can handle a drug addict. In fact, many people will fear and shy away from interactions with people who have any form of addiction. By educating the community how to interact, how to help these people, we are making the community supportive and this gives them an opportunity to flourish and recover from their addiction.

Functional rehabilitation centers
This the main place where addicted people seek drug addiction help and therefore the centres should be functional but also friendly for the patients. Friendly should and does not imply complacency and therefore the rules should not be compromised. However, it does not mean inhumane conditions.

There are different rehabilitation programmes and the patients should be taken through the most appropriate program given their level of addiction. Whether it is the outpatient or inpatient programme, qualified and experienced staff should be given the attention they require to get well.

Prevention
While the government and the community should put up appropriate support for the people who may get addicted, it is better to prevent addiction instead of dealing with addicts later on. This is the community should hold constant awareness programmes and workshops on the symptoms, effects, prevention of drug addiction. The community can work with volunteers who have undergone rehabilitation to enhance the effectiveness of such programs.

Other programmes
Idleness and too much free time is one of the reasons that people experiment with drugs. By filling in the gaps in their schedules. Programmes that the youth can participate in after school, during holidays and on weekends to keep them engaged and entertained would be a great plan. These programmes should be both educative and fun to keep them engaged. If such programmes were initiated by the youth, it would make them more endearing to the younger population.…