“The first, man takes the drug, then the drug takes the drug and takes the man at the end of the drug” Ancient Chinese saying
Today we are witnessing an increase in the lack of motivation and vacillation of young people. Accelerated development of technology is accompanied by a decline in the will and interest of the youth. They live in a world that is very different from that in which our parents lived. They offer many opportunities. Before them, there are various temptations that are sometimes difficult for adults to imagine. When we talk about what is offered to young people today, we can remember the words of the apostle Paul: “All things are lawful for me, but it is not good for me.”
Parents are often mistaken to know their child well, to have a normal family, and “that can not happen to us.” It is true that an unhappy family with many communication problems can benefit the child’s orientation towards a bad society and street, but by analyzing the social environment and the families from which drug addicts are registered, it can not be said that children from well-off and healthy families are spared these temptations, children from disadvantaged and poor families are destined to be delinquents.
A healthy, stable family is a good basis for the prevention of excessive behavior, but constant attention is necessary – often small, unobtrusive signs suggest that something happens with the child, and they are not paying attention, because they are viewed in the context of puberty; when parents finally realize that, the problem has already advanced.
Changes that occur when turning a child into drug abuse (narcotics) and drug addiction (drug addiction) can be conditionally divided into three categories:
• changes in behavior,
• social disorders,
• body changes.
Based on a research conducted by the Ministry of Health within the project “Drug Abuse Assessment in Serbia” conducted with young people under 16, it has been reported that 58 percent of students have already smoked the first cigarette, and that in each class there are at least three students who smoke up to 20 cigarettes daily and more. That 93 percent of students already had alcoholic drinks, and every third thought that drinking alcohol was an extremely desirable behavior. Bearing in mind the knowledge about the increasingly widespread occurrence of psychoactive substance abuse, there is a need for public information and the continuity of preventive activities.
Earlier findings indicate that students on one side superficially have information on psychoactive substances, and on the other hand they do not have a deep understanding of the addiction problem, which is why they do not have adequately developed attitudes about healthy lifestyles and the long-term effects of abuse of psychoactive substances. Young people are open to experimenting with substances, while at the same time they are not sufficiently aware of the risks they are taking over.
The question of why someone becomes an addict and the other is not always up-to-date, especially if adults are in the same or similar social circumstances, family, school or other micro-fortune. The logical assumption is that there is a predisposition of the preference for the illness of narcotics. Although there are no reliable research indicating the existence of a specific psychic personality structure, addicts are more often encountered by persons with particular personality traits: reticence, passivity, aggression. Identity is the core of personality, but it is also a potential force for the development of personality and is a key signpost in monitoring and understanding the way in which a young man moves. A young person today is exposed to greater temptations than ever before, but she is responsible for her own choice.
Author Đorđe Stojilković, member of Center DBA