My inbox has been congested with what should we do to these children, they seem to be losing themselves on drugs. We do not understand as parents why is it that even talking to them does not seem to help.
There is what is called the withdrawal effects of any drugs, this is the process when they are diminished effects of the drug in the person’s body they then feel empty, they feel broken, they feel psychologically drained and the only thing they want to do is to escape from this reality of their mental physical state and hence go drug hunting once again and any effort to stop that individual is in vain.
What is even more scary with the youths of today is the substances they are using to intoxicate themselves, they are creating their own cocktails and this is called poly drugging and trying to handle withdrawal effects on poly drugging is really intense.
What is even worse is the binge alcohol drinking and drug binging that they are doing as they create a quick tolerance and dependency on the substances used and as such intakes are increased. Now a young person is still in the process of development, the brain and other body organs are still developing and as such are unable to handle the substances that would have been taken.
What really is needed are parents and guardians that are well informed and technically skilled to help these youths recover from drug dependency and that is a proper handling on withdrawal in breaking the dependency and also a proper rehabilitation handling in getting rid of the metabolites.
In these past weeks our youths have been exposing themselves to dirty cocaine, laced mbanje and also industrial alcohol, prescribed medication and some synthetic drugs.
What has caught my interest is their high use of the white powder as they do groupie drugging due to its expense clear indicator that they have fast forwarded themselves to drug dependency looking at their age.
What happens when someone uses crack and cocaine? The word cocaine refers to the drug in a powder (cocaine) form and a crystal (crack) form. It is made from the coca plant and causes a short lived intense high that is immediately followed by opposite, intense feelings of depression, edginess and a craving for more of the drug. People who use it often don’t eat or sleep properly. They can experience increased heart rate, muscle spasms and convulsions. The drug can make people feel paranoid, angry, hostile and anxious, even when not high.
Cocaine interferes with the way the brain processes chemicals, so one needs more and more of the drug just to feel normal. People who become addicted to cocaine (as with most other drugs) start to lose interest in other areas of life. The drug can cause seizures, heart attacks, strokes and respiratory failure.
Mthandazo Ndlovu is a drug prevention and rehabilitation specialist. For help and more information call or whatsapp 00263772399734 or email [email protected]