Bhubaneswar: Addiction is no longer just related to drug use, alcohol and tobacco consumption. It’s a morbid state in which people are glued to their phones, following their social media, watching porn, playing games and gambling.
Panelists at the National Anti-Addiction Day session at the Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) discussed the different stages of addiction and how to deal with it with the help of family members and doctors.
“Drug addiction is a common cause of concern around the world, but also in cities like ours, where governments are currently struggling to keep it under control. The time has come to act and raise awareness about the use of other gadgets.”
He also becomes a victim of chronic brain damage when he repeatedly consumes substances or indulges in activities, even though he knows its harmful effects.
He added that strong family support and effective communication are needed to stop addiction.
Emphasizing the role of medicine in diagnosis, he stated that the role of KIIMS is detoxification and addiction treatment in psychiatry to create a drug-free society.
The day is celebrated on October 2nd every year and commemorates Mahatma Gandhi’s words of adamant opposition to drug consumption and substance use. This year’s theme was ‘Addressing drug problems in health and humanitarian crises’.