Gurgaon: It is the family that suffers the most, says mother of 36-year-old addict

Rajendra Singh, a resident of Daultabad in Gurgaon, turned to drugs at 22. His mother said the addiction wrecked his future

gurgaon Updated: Jun 26, 2017 23:49 IST
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Rajendra Singh, a farmer by profession, is a father of a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son.(HT Representative photo)

Sixty-year-old Rajbala Devi spends her day crying uncontrollably for her ‘jawan beta’ (young son) who has ‘exchanged his family’s life for drugs’.

A resident of Daultabad village in Gurgaon, 36-year-old Rajendra Singh was only 22 when he started taking drugs. Since then, his mother and younger brother have tried all options they could to rid him of his habit. But nothing worked.

“I took my brother to many hospitals for treatment but he always skipped the medicines. He often used to run away from there and we had to start all over again,” Rajendra’s brother Mahesh, who is 28, told HT.

He was finally admitted to a de-addiction centre in Sector 5, Gurgaon one-and-a-half months back with ‘a severe mental illness’, according to the centre’s manager Sudhir Kumar.

Rajendra Singh, a farmer by profession, is a father of a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son.

“His two children keep yearning for his attention. We bring his daughter Ria to meet him sometimes, but she gets really scared,” Devi said.

Rajendra’s addiction has taken a toll of his mental health.

Mahesh said that his brother was completely normal before getting addicted, but ruined his future after turning to drugs. His family members had no clue how to deal with him.

His mother said that Rajendra had been admitted to several hospitals.

Devi said she admitted him to a hospital in Rohtak in 2015. After 3 months of medication, the doctors discharged him and “asked us to give him medicines on time”. But Rajendra never took them, and kept getting back to drugs. He was then admitted to another hospital in Rohtak for 20 days.

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“Each time we thought he has recovered, he proved us wrong,” Devi said.

His brother then got to know about a de-addiction centre from an acquaintance. “With my family’s consent, I got him admitted to the centre for proper treatment,” Mahesh said.

“I try visiting him once in 10 days, but I can’t see him like this. It is the family that suffers the most,” Devi said.

First Published: Jun 26, 2017 23:42 IST