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Title: Substance Abuse and Youth : Understanding Substance Use And Treatment Among The Male Youth In Manipur
Authors: Anal, John Linglee
Keywords: Substance Abuse - Youth - Manipur
Aparna Joshi
Centre for Human Ecology
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: The study was done to explore the perceived reasons for initiating substance use, progression into dependence and recovery from addiction among the male youth in Manipur. It is an exploratory study done by using a self-made questionnaire. The questionnaire was administered to 50 males between the ages of 23 to 30 who were currently in a de-addiction rehabilitation facility. The sample was collected from 3 different facilities from Imphal, Manipur, India. Additionally, clients who are in recovery and counselors who have worked in rehabilitation facilities were also interviewed. The findings from the study suggest that a majority of participants started using substances in high school and college. It is observed that the most popular substance used for the first time was cigarettes, zarda, pan, kheini, and alcohol, all the substances which are easily available. Most of the cited reasons to start substance used are peer pressure, teenage rebellion, curiosity, and experimentation. Many of the respondents have attributed to the experience of relaxation and not having control over one's craving as the motivational factor for youth to use and continue using substances, often leading to addiction. These findings were corroborated by the counsellors. The most common reason to join a rehab is due to suggestion and pressure from friends and family. In this study, according to the respondents, techniques learned in rehabilitation centres like individual sessions, medical care, group sessions, yoga and meditation, avoidance and management techniques were the prominent factors that help the addicts in their journey to sobriety and that helped in the maintenance of sobriety after rehab. Recurrence of cravings was listed as a prominent reason for relapse amongst most clients in recovery.
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