What are the statistics of drug use in Pakistan?

According to the UNODC (2013), around 4.25 million drug users in Pakistan were considered dependent on substances and required a form of structured intervention for treatment of their drug use disorder, the report said.

It said that due to its large share of the population, the Punjab had the highest number of drug users and people who injected drugs (PWID) with 2.9 million people using illicit substances in 2013, and approximately 260,000 people who inject drugs. The number of people who inject drugs is estimated to 430,000 nationwide. According to the report, approximately 80 per cent of PWID in the Punjab share syringes regularly, whereas two-thirds report doing so in Sindh and Balochistan, and half in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Overall in Pakistan, approximately 6 per cent of the population (6.7 million people) used controlled substance and misused prescription drugs, the report said.

How do I say no to my loved one?

An effective answer to give your loved one is “I will support your recovery, but I will not support your disease.”

Does a relapse mean there’s no hope?

We don’t like the term “relapse” because it comes with so much negative meaning. What we’re really talking about is a reoccurrence of symptoms of the disease.  Many people suffering from any chronic illness, like diabetes, will experience a reoccurrence at some point, given the way these diseases work and the fact that they have to be carefully managed over a lifetime.

The first thing to know is that reoccurrence or ‘relapse’ is not a reason to lose hope – it doesn’t mean that the person can’t get well. Usually a reoccurrence means that something is not working in the treatment or addiction management plan and it’s time to reevaluate and try something else.

Why do so many people relapse?

Relapse is avoidable. In fact, many people get well and never go through a reoccurrence of symptoms. The chronic nature of addiction means that that the disease can come up again if it’s not being managed properly. This can be caused by many things, including triggers like craving, emotional challenges and other issues. Relapse rates for addiction are about the same as for other chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma.

My son has gone to 4 different treatment centers. What should I do if he relapses again?

This must be really hard for you. Sadaqat Clinic is here to help you and I hope you take advantage of all the resources we have to offer. Your son’s family therapist would be the best person to talk to in regards to a relapse prevention plan or coming up with creative new ideas.

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