Recent information released by the counter-narcotics department of the Interior Ministry revealed more than 500 women addicted to narcotics have been assisted to rehabilitation centers over the past six months.
High Prevalence of Affected Children
The Deputy Minister for counter-narcotics, Haseebullah Ahmadi, reported that over this same time frame, 250 children suffering from drug-related issues were also taken to rehabilitation centers.
"Without considering provinces, there are approximately 20,000 drug addicts currently receiving treatment at centers across the various zones in the country," Ahmadi said.
Struggle of Women in the Face of Addiction
Meanwhile, an anonymous woman, here referred to as Aisha for her protection, shared her story of fighting addiction. This 38-year-old mother of three is currently in a rehabilitation center in the capital city of Kabul.
"When I looked at my life, my children, and the coming winter, I knew I had to reach out for help. The doctors told me to return to the hospital before my addiction took over again," Aisha shared.
Economic hardships, family pressures, and the prevalence of narcotics made her susceptible to drugs.
Challenges Faced by Rehabilitation Centers
Shahista, the head of the rehabilitation center, expressed concerns over the critical issues they are facing, the most pressing being the lack of electricity and water. This hampers the functionality and efficiency of the center.
Increased Demands, Unmet Needs
With the growing prevalence of drug addiction among women, the current capabilities of rehabilitation centers are being stretched thin. The anonymous suffering women, like Aisha, are appealing to the Islamic Emirate to address these dire conditions and provide their urgent needs.
Underlying Causes of Female Drug Addiction
Najia, a nurse, noted that economic hardship, family violence, and psychological pressure are the main factors driving women to drug abuse.
An Ambiguous Situation
Although the precise number of female drug addicts is unknown, a survey conducted in 2018 estimated out of 3.5 million drug addicts, approximately 58,000 of them are women. The Ministry of Public Health affirms the need for more accurate data in order to tackle the issue more effectively.