HOW VIETNAMVETERANS FOUGHT THEIR HEROIN ADDICTIONSAddiction to any harmful drug isdangerous for us; sometimes it may lead you to commit suicide. There is onefamous incidence from history about drug or more specifically heroin addiction.It came in news when two U.S.congressmen Robert Steele and Morgan Murphyvisited Vietnam in 1971. They said that15 percent of U.
S. army was addicted to heroin. This news was spread everywhereand everyone was stunned.
Then, Presidentpromised to form a new office called ‘The Special Action Office of Drug Abuse Prevention’for treating the soldiers with heroin addiction.Officerswere not allowed to leave Vietnam beforethey clear the drug addiction. Lee Robins was the main the psychiatric researcher. Her studies showed that whensoldiers came back to U.S. 95 percent of them were clean and without any addiction.
The normaldrug abuser gets clean from clinics but as soon as he goes home re startconsuming drugs again but Vietnam soldiers were different. The habits weretriggered in certain situations and under certain conditions. How did all these things started inwar?The war is a stressed condition and they were in contactwith fellow soldiers who were consuming heroin. One of the influencing factorsthat lead to formation of any behavior is surrounding environment. For e.g. – thereare situation when you are the only person who doesn’tconsume heroin and all your surrounding people are consuming in front of you,then they start forcing you to just try a littlebit. But ones you’re involved then it’s getting difficultto get away from it, especially when you are in stressed situation.
We getpushed away in situations. But oncethey return to home- a place withoutstress and where there is no fellow heroin useris the good surrounding for him. In war, there were no family and no one tostop them from using heroin. But at home,you are surrounded by your loving family, friends and you don’t think aboutconsuming anything. So the absence of anyexternal stimuli also triggered the addiction. The mostimportant lesson we can learn from soldiers is you can change your behavior or control yourself in the influence of external stimuli.
· Don’t take or make any decisions under stressed situations. · If your friend or any relative is addicted to any drug abuse,then be supportive and help them to get out of it. Motivation, emotions isnecessary to recover from drug abuse.· War is a stressed situation; it’s not easy to live alonewithout family, many soldiers return from war with post-traumatic conditions.
· The environment is the important factor, for example, if you want to learn something newthen surround yourself with the things related to that.