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Gurgaon: Youth who turned an addict at 16, wants to reclaim family

Varun Singh (named changed), said he checked into Nayi Umeed, a de-addiction centre in Gurgaon, after his family lost all hope

gurgaon Updated: Jun 26, 2017 23:50 IST
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Varun, who turned an addict at 16, said he has been clean for three months.
Varun, who turned an addict at 16, said he has been clean for three months.( Getty Images/reprsentative photo)

Varun Singh (name changed) was 16 when he started taking sleeping pills. It started as ‘an experiment’ with school friends and he didn’t realise when it turned into a ‘necessity’.

“It was sleeping pills that I began taking. I often had these moments when I didn’t even know where I was,” Varun told HT.

The 33-year-old hails from Rewari city and he doesn’t even have any memories of his youth.

“I don’t even know how I spent my youth. All I can remember is that I used to go to school. However, after so many years, the memories are all a blur,” Varun said.

“Ye bite huye teen mahine mujhe mehsoos ho rahe hain (I often think back to the three months I spent at the de-addiction centre),” he said.

Varun came to a de-addiction centre in Sector 5 in Old Gurgaon three months ago. He said he was in bad shape physically and his relationships were all on the verge of breaking.

“My wife had left me and stayed with her parents for around six months. My parents requested her to return and for the sake of my son. She came back,” he said.

He said he belongs to a ‘rich family’. “I have wasted crores of rupees of my family, mostly on drugs and alcohol. I used to take money from them on the pretext of starting business and that money went down the drain,” he said.

Varun used to work at a shop set up by his family in Rewari. But all he could focus on was ‘how to get that kick’.

He said he lost his senses and his mind had stopped working.

“About 5-6 years back, I rammed my car into a bike. I was high and couldn’t apply the brakes,” Varun recalled. Luckily, the biker survived.

But he couldn’t help himself. “I tried to stop taking substances such as marijuana and pills. But when nothing worked, I decided to take life in my own hands,” the 33-year-old said.

He said that he came to the centre on his own after ‘all my family had lost hope’.

“They had stopped talking to me, and I was considered a burden. I wanted to get my family back, I wanted to get my life back,” he said with tears in his eyes.

Varun has been clean for three months and the staff members at the de-addiction centre said it’ll take at least a year to ensure that he stays drug-free.

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Sudhir Kumar, the manager at the centre, said, “It may appear that he is clean enough to be discharged from the centre, but I can guarantee that if he steps out of the centre today, the first thing he will turn to drugs and not his family.”

Varun, however, seems determined.“I have immense will power. I will go back to my roots again, very soon. I will get my family back, and prove to be a great father, a great son and a great husband,” he said with a smile on his face.