Youth & Drugs – A Challenge of Today
The youth of any generation are the clay of which future adults emerge. The youth today are the special ones who have the world literally in the palm of their hands. There is so much information bombardment. The minds that are already highly impressionable are spoilt for choice. There is also an excessive experimentation, use, abuse and addiction to drugs and alcohol seen amongst them.
The youth culture today across the world from age 14 to about 30 is into drinking alcohol, using weed and all other illicit drugs like cocaine, LSD, hash, M-kat, DMT, Mushrooms etc. The legalization of weed in several American states and European countries has made it into a justified excuse to use it.
Addiction & Social Media
The world is today available in the palm of our hands and young people are even more connected today with each other through Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook etc., they live in a virtual world playing games online, partying, chatting, the personal connect has shifted to a virtual connect . Kids and young adults who use or are addicted, post pictures of guzzling down liquors or smoking joints or using drugs very openly on all these social media sites. Youngsters who do not drink and use drugs in the age group of 18-30 are a rarity. Drinking to get drunk, chugging drinks, mixing drinks and mixing substances with drinks are the fad of the day. Then bragging about it on social media is a trend.
Young people suffering from addiction or in recovery after treatment actually have no place to socialize in or people to socialize with who do not drink or use drugs. Constant bombardment of the social media and the glorifying of these substances by other users make it a difficult journey requiring a lot of support, care, love and compassion.
The incidences of dependency and addiction to substance amongst them are increasing by leaps and bounds. In India the legal age for drinking hard liquor is on an average 21-25 years. But we see drinking beginning at as young an age as 14-15years.