Current Campaigns

Campaign against Drug Abuse- ‘Say No To Drugs’ 

Drugs have conquered the minds and bodies of so many young people today, destroying their academics, careers, relationships and life that we knew it s time to strive against it and help the youth live a real life.

We often wonder how it starts in the first place, maybe it starts, when meeting new people or to be part of a culture around the young crowds of today or at a party with casual abuse gradually becoming a stress buster. This leads to the vicious circle of complete dependency called addiction. The important thought here is when the casual abuse begins is any individual voluntarily choosing addiction? Probably not. The issue here is the complete ignorance of the seriousness of the situation one is about to enter into.

We at The Happy Life Welfare Society are trying to make an effort to increase the awareness towards drug abuse among the youth so that at vulnerable moments or when under peer or other pressures they are able to make a more informed choice about the course of their life. 
 

What is drug abuse and drug addiction?  

Drug abuse, also known as substance abuse, involves the repeated and excessive use of chemical substances to achieve a certain effect. These substances may be “street” or “illicit” drugs, illegal due to their high potential for addiction and abuse. They also may be drugs obtained with a prescription, used for pleasure rather than for medical reasons.

Different drugs have different effects. Some, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, may produce an intense “rush” and initial feelings of boundless energy. Others, such as heroin, benzodiazepines or the prescription drugs, may produce excessive feelings of relaxation and calm. What most drugs have in common, though, is over stimulation of the pleasure center of the brain. With time, the brain’s chemical structure is actually altered to the point where not having the drug becomes extremely uncomfortable and even painful.

This compelling urge to use more and more is called addiction, which becomes more and more powerful, disrupting work, relationships, and health.  
 

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Abuse  

Although different drugs may have different effects on overall physical and mental health, the basic pattern is the same. Getting and using the drug becomes more and more important than anything else, including friends, family, academics or work. The physical, psychological and emotional consequences of drug abuse and addiction also make it difficult to function, often impairing the judgment to a dangerous level.

The key is change; it is important to watch for any significant changes in your loved one’s physical appearance, personality, attitude or behavior. 
 

Physical Signs  

Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain.

Slowed or staggering walk; poor physical coordination.

Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness.

Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare.

Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands.

Puffy face, blushing or paleness.

Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes.

Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talkativeness.

Runny nose; hacking cough.

Needle marks on lower arm, leg or bottom of feet.

Nausea, vomiting or excessive sweating.

Tremors or shakes of hands, feet or head.

Irregular heartbeat.

For snorted drugs, chronic troubles with sinusitis or nosebleeds

For smoked drugs, a persistent cough or bronchitis, leading to coughing up excessive mucus or blood

Abuse and addiction also affect the mood of and individual, as drugs are used to achieve a temporary high often called ‘Mood Elevators’
 

Behavioral Signs 

Change in overall attitude/personality with no other identifiable cause.

Changes in friends; new hang-outs; sudden avoidance of old crowd; doesn't want to talk about new

friends; friends are known drug users.

Change in activities or hobbies.

Drop in grades at school or performance at work; skips school or is late for school.

Change in habits at home; loss of interest in family and family activities.

Difficulty in paying attention; forgetfulness.

General lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, "I don't care" attitude.

Sudden oversensitivity, temper tantrums, or resentful behavior.

Moodiness, irritability, or nervousness.

Silliness or giddiness.

Paranoia

Excessive need for privacy; unreachable.

Secretive or suspicious behavior.

Car accidents.

Chronic dishonesty.

Unexplained need for money, stealing money or items.

Change in personal grooming habits.

Possession of drug equipment.

Cycles of being unusually talkative, “up” and cheerful, with seemingly boundless energy.

Increased irritability, agitation and anger

Unusual calmness, unresponsiveness or looking “spaced out”

Apathy and depression

Temporary psychosis, hallucinations

Lowered threshold for violence
 

Understanding what is involved in recovery 

You cannot force someone you love to stop abusing drugs. As much as you may want to, and as hard as it is seeing the effects of drug abuse, you cannot make someone stop using. The final choice is up to them. The right support can help you make positive choices for yourself, and balance encouraging your loved one to get help without losing yourself in the process.

Don’t expect your loved one to be able to quit without support. Withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, painful, and even deadly. While medical input is always a good idea, withdrawal in certain cases can be dangerous and should be done under medical supervision.

Recovery will be an ongoing process. Someone who abused drugs will not suddenly be a cured person once sober. Drug use may have been masking painful feelings that will bubble up to the surface. Many in recovery experience depressed moods for up to a year or more as their brain reestablishes from the drug abuse. Learning new coping skills to resist cravings, and how to apply them in stressful situations, is an ongoing process. Ongoing support is crucial to work through those issues. These issues and the underlying emotional causes of drug abuse need to be properly dealt with through a professional guidance counselor or a therapist. 
 

Our Role 

During the course of our current campaign we plan to hold various activities like film screening, street plays to increase awareness around school and college campuses. We will also continue to give support through therapy by the counselors on board to children or young adults who are already suffering from dependency and are striving to lead a normal life.

Other activities which will be interactive through our young volunteers will be held to further pull kids away from the abuse of drugs at various hang out places and parties. We will help build a stronger support group so that the stress can be dealt with in a healthier manner instead of drug or alchohol abuse being used as a stress buster.

We will be working with various News and Media agencies to promote our campaign ‘Say No to Drugs’ so that the culture around the youth is that of how one should not be using drugs and there is a healthier peer pressure to come out of abuse.

Many online activities will be held to promote and spread the awareness against drug abuse and the harmful effects of drugs.

We will also build a data base of knowledge, information about how to deal with children, for parents and families to help the children deal with the issues related to substance dependency.

A greater understanding is required in today s society towards this issue which is being ignored and being taken lightly and is gradually killing our youth from inside. We at The Happy Life Welfare Society will make every attempt possible during this campaign to reach out and create a social change.
 
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