She came from a well-heeled family and studied in a renowned college in Jalandhar. The future looked bright for the 18-year-old, who had scored 90% marks in Class 10th. But then her world fell apart.
"My ex-boyfriend got me addicted to heroin. I had a sleeping disorder and when I shared my problem with him, he gave me 'an indigenous medicine'. I believed him and that was my biggest mistake in life," says the girl, who is now 23. "It was a month later that he told me that he was giving me heroin. But it was too late as I had got addicted to the drug by then," says the girl, who is undergoing methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) at the Kapurthala civil hospital.
"I used to take two doses daily," she said, adding that when her boyfriend stopped giving her drug, she started buying the dose directly from the dealer. "It was an expensive proposition. I needed Rs 1,500 daily for my two doses. So I stole money and gold to buy the drug," says the girl.
"I was a bright student. But as I got hooked to drugs, my studies suffered big time and I had to drop out of college for a year. I somehow managed to complete my bachelors in business administration (BBA), but with poor marks," she says.
The girl was brought to the de-addiction facility after her parents caught her doing drugs.
"My dad found a silver foil I had used to consume the drug in the washroom. When they confronted me, I told them the truth," says the girl.
"I felt miserable and was so fed up with my habit that I even tried to end my life by slashing my wrists," she said.
The girl said she was grateful to her parents who have supported her and brought her to the rehabilitation centre.
"Initially, I had no will power and I didn't know how would I live without drugs. But now I feel stronger and want to come out of this mess," she says.
The girl, who is awaiting results of her masters in business administration programme, says she almost ruined her life because of her bad habit. "I was lucky to have a supporting family. I appeal to youth to not get swayed by anyone and fall into the deadly drug trap as it causes suffering to not only t he addict but also his family," she says.