Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV), in association with Ministry of HRD, National Justice for Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India and Central Chinmaya Mission Trust Education Cell (CCMTE) organised a drug abuse and addiction awareness workshop for all students of CVV.
The seminar conducted on November 7, 2019 had Smt. Shanti Krishnamurthy, Director CCMTE, and Shri Satish, HoD, Physics Dept., Chinmaya International Residential School, as the resource persons. Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal, VC, CVV, inaugurated the session with an introductory note. The session was well-received by the students.
Take-aways from the programme:
Drug abuse and addiction is a disease that affects the brain and behavior. Addiction to drugs increases the urge to use them, no matter how much harm the drugs may cause. Drug abuse is when legal or illegal substances are used in ways that it shouldn’t be used. Drug abuse may be in the form of taking more than the regular dose of medicines or using someone else’s prescription. Drugs may be abused to feel good, ease stress or avoid reality. Addiction is when a behaviour cannot be stopped, and not just when it puts health in danger or causes financial, emotional and other problems for self or their loved ones. That urge to get and use drugs can fill up every minute of the day, even if there is an intention to quit.
Drug addiction isn’t only about heroin, cocaine, or other illegal drugs, but also about alcohol, nicotine, opioid painkillers and other legal substances. At first, a drug may be preferred because of the way it makes the user feel. A user of drugs believes that how much and how often it is used can be controlled. But over time, drugs change how the brain works and the person loses control over its usage leading to damaging behaviours.