• To empower youth, in order to harness their potential and reap the demographic dividend.

  • To study the problems, opportunities and accessibility for youth in India with a focus on specific issues of different sub groups like women, tribal youth, youth with disability, urban and rural youth.

  • To create awareness among the youth about the ill effects of intoxicants and involve them in service to the society.

  • To strive for reforms and changes in the field of Education to make a better society and hence a better nation.

  • To carry out Skill development and training, integrating livelihood, community development and education projects, particularly for school drop-outs, semi-skilled and un-skilled workers and women.

  • Rationale
    The history of use and abuse of psychoactive substances is as old as history of civilizations. Human beings have been using various forms of substances derived from plants, as well as alcohol for thousands of years. Some of these substances were used not just for their presumed therapeutic effects, but also for recreational purposes to enhance pleasure and relieve stress. However, new and often more harmful drugs and patterns of use are replacing traditional practices.

    Adolescence is the critical period when the first initiation of substance abuse takes place. Because of their still-developing brains, children and adolescents are more susceptible to drug addiction than many other age groups. Part of growing up is rebellion, and some children feel that doing drugs is a way to rebel against their parents’ wishes. Students are particularly vulnerable due to various reason like academic pressure, temptation by peer groups, the lure of popularity and identification and easy availability of many such substances like tobacco (Cigarette) and other psychoactive drugs. The college going young adults are also prone to get addicted because college is usually the first time they live away from their parents, it’s also a time of experimentation, including with drugs.

    Substance abuse disorders are among the world's leading public health problems and cause enormous human sufferings, cost and threaten the very social fabric of almost all communities around the world. Article 47 of the Constitution of India provides that “ The State shall endeavor to bring about prohibition of the consumption except for medicinal purposes of intoxicating drinks and of drugs which are injurious to health." Alcohol and drug abuse has emerged as a serious concern in India and in Madhya Pradesh.

    Substance abuse is the use of any substance for purposes other than medical and scientific, including without prescription, in excessive dose levels, or over an unjustified period of time. The major categories of ‘Drugs of Abuse’ include alcohol, Nicotine and tobacco, Depressants (barbiturates, benzodiazepines), Stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine), Marijuana, Opioids (morphine, heroin, methadone) and Psychedelics (LSD, mescaline, ecstasy).

    Addiction is defined as the repeated use of substance/drugs to the extent that the user is periodically or chronically intoxicated, shows a compulsion to take the preferred substance (or substances) has great difficulty in voluntarily ceasing or modifying substance use, and exhibits determination to obtain psychoactive substances by almost any means.

    Symptoms of Substance Abuse
    The symptoms of substance abuse are loss of interest in daily routine, loss of appetite and weight, unsteady gait or clumsy movement, reddening of eyes, unclear vision, numerous injection sites, blood stains on the clothes, nausea or vomiting and body pain, drowsiness or sleeplessness, lethargy and passivity, acute anxiety, depression and profuse sweating, mood swings and temper tantrums, emotional detachment and depersonalisation and impaired memory.