FEROZKOH: Dilawez, 35, inadvertently slipped into drug addiction after consuming opium for five years to reduce the pain she was suffering from.
A mother of three daughters and two sons, she is a resident of the Allahyar locality of Ferozkoh. She shared her story with Pajhwok Afghan News after two year of rehabilitation.
Currently working as cleaner at the Municipality in Ferozkoh, Delawez is happy with her recovery with the help of doctors and healthcare personnel.
She lives in a house provided by the government with her husband and children. “Seven years back, I had a health issue and visited a local doctor who advised me to take a black substance for treatment.”
It was opium, but she did not know it. “At times of severe pain, I used to take one teaspoon full of the substance with water and it helped alleviate my pain.
“After consuming it for a few days, I became addicted to opium and used it to fight tiredness and weakness,” said the woman, who loved to take opium.
Other family members, including her spouse, children and others, were not of any interest to her. She only liked to take opium — treating it as medicine.
Syed Noor, her husband, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had spent difficult time with her. But after her recovery, Noor has been living happily with Dilawez.
“Everything was messed up while my wife was addicted to opium. At times, I used to wash clothes myself. For the past two years, however, we have been living a happy life,” he added.
Dr. Mohammad Umar Lalzad, head of the Rehabilitation Centre in Ghor, said: “Besides thousands of addicted youth, women and children are also struggling with the same problems.”
Women seldom refer to rehabilitation centres due to embracement and the social stigma attached to addiction. He said women in far-flung areas, where poppy is cultivated at a large scale, often became addicted to drugs.
According to official figures, 3.6 million people are addicted to drugs across Afghanistan, the largest producer of opium in the world.