Alcohol addiction and drug abuse are affecting millions of people across the world. Globally  Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit trafficking drugs are responsible for the death of more than 11 million people  every year. While professional clinics, rehab centres, and mutual help groups are doing their job, quality books on the  addiction and recovery also offer much help. 

The book “Drug Addiction” by Dr (Col) Rajinder Singh, (MBBS, DPM, MD- former Senior Advisor (Psychiatry) Armed Forces was released  through video conferencing on June 26, International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. 

The book covers the epidemiology and etiology of drug abuse and discusses several of its most devastating health and social consequences. He highlighted the popular misconceptions about Mental Disorders and stressed the continued need of incorporating spirituality into treatment plan to fill the voids that drug addicts may be trying to fill with drugs or alcohol.

Dr (Col ) Rajinder Singh said “Self-help books are not a replacement for professional care and comprehensive treatment programmes, but one can use them to find emotional sobriety in their journey to recovery. In my book I have shared vivid experiences to help readers  understand the problem of addiction and substance abuse on a deeper level. This book is not just about overcoming addiction, it’s about overcoming your fears, taking ownership of your flaws, and making efforts to make better choices. My book also strongly empowers the reader with the information on how hope and deeper knowledge about addiction can help someone to struggle with their demons and to shed light on those who are currently dealing with an addicted loved one. It charts the path to a lifetime of faith, healing, and happiness.”

Hon’ble Baba Iqbal Singh ji inspired Dr Singh to blend the spiritual component with the treatment regimen. Baba ji has resurrected the Eastern Philosophy and has integrated the spiritual values with modern education and delivery of health care including the burning problem of drug abuse. The book was released by, revered Baba Iqbal Singh Ji, president, The Kalgidhar Trust Baru Sahib. The trust runs two drug -de-addiction centres, one in Punjab and another in Himachal. 

Dr  (Col) Rajinder Singh, After initial stint of Civil Service he joined Army and retired in 1991 and is in voluntary social service since then. He is managing Charitable dispensary in Gurdwara Shiri Guru Teg Bahadur Sector 34 , Chandigarh where around 30 doctors and specialists in various disciplines of medicine are rendering social service. In addition he is running two Drug-De-addiction Centers in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh under aegis of  Kalgidhar Trust Baru Sahib.
Dr Debasish Basu, PGI Professor and HOD Psychiatry Department, who was the chief guest of the event said “This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to successfully combat the challenging problem of drug addiction. Before anything else, this book helps to identify the reasons why person becomes addicted to certain substances, drugs. By being able to understand the sources and causes of the problem, it gets easy to choose the right method in addressing the issue. The rehabilitation process becomes more effective Information regarding the stages of drug addiction is also covered in the book.”

Along with this book, a 24/7-helpline number is also launched which will cater to the distress calls of drug addict patients or their family members. The number is : 7588064720

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