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Q-17: I am a recovering addict of alcohol. I married and having a daughter. My family is joint family including my parents and 2 younger sisters and 1 brother. My eldest brother is living separately and his wife does not like to stay at our home because of my addiction.  My relatives and acquaintance do not like to send their daughters to our home. My sisters feel it a lot. One of my uncles refused to accept my sister for his son. I got treatment and overcame my alcoholic behavior. Now, I am leading a sober life but still people degrade me and my family. This makes me worried. What will happen to my sisters and my daughter?   Nasir Lahore

A-Mr. Nasir, you would have heard that one has to go long to gain respect but it takes him single moment to fall down. You have been an alcoholic that is considered the worst form of addiction in our society. We have our own social and religious values which strictly condemn alcohol. Another point is that, our people are curious about another's life. Once you have done something wrong, they will make negative perception of you. They will remain suspicious about you. It is better not to change their views about your own self and your family too. Remember one thing; a man doing hard work does not need to announce whatever he does or how he does. His work itself will make other realize to accept him a hardworking man. So, you keep your self busy in rectifying your past mistakes and focus on your recovery. You have to change your routine and do hard work in order to please your family. The time comes, when people living surrounding you will start accepting you. You should be in hurry and have patience in yourself. As far as, marriages of your sisters are concerned, couples are made in heavens. You pray Allah to help you in finding suitable match for your sisters. A person who accepts your sister along with her bad family history will be more suitable than a person who takes minor things to his heart.  DFN

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