Addiction, Addiction, Addictions… (Part V and final)

Back to a difficult topic on addictions after sharing the lighthearted piece from yesterday. Thankfully, I’ll not write any time soon about addictions in Kazakhstan as they exist everywhere in the world. However, I DO believe that the truth about teen suicide, human trafficking and addictions (alcohol, drugs, pornography, on-line games and gambling) in Kazakhstan need to be told.  No one else seems to be telling about the seamy side of life here in English.  If it is written in Russian in newspapers, it is probably highly censored.  So, the problems in Kazakhstan are self-perpetuating because noone is doing something to educate the younger generation to stay clear of these vices.  Where is the moral and ethical education being taught?  The Kazakh teachers in the primary and secondary schools are too busy trying to teach math, English and other subjects. Too heavy a burden is being placed on the teachers and where are the Kazakh and Kazakhstani parents? Many of them are too busy with their own jobs.  Read on about addictions that affect every family in the Kazakh homes, here’s an example from one of my student’s own family.

Student #8 –  Even while teaching we can notice our students’ addiction. Some people can’t notice their bad addiction, it is like a disease. But having addictions like playing computer games or reading books are just for relaxation after hard work. Anyway, any kind of addiction must be limited by a person himself or herself, otherwise he might be lost or whatever. I can give you one example about my own brother, who was addicted to play gambling games spending all his salary for those games, in order to win much money. But no one wins money. Once he spent all his money and without any money he piled debts on debts. He was playing the gambling games for 3 days without sleeping and eating. He didn’t know the date and the day. When he realized that 3 days had passed and he had been in debt, it was too late to take measures. I had to help him to pay off his debts. It was too much money. We had to loan money from the bank to pay off. I was very upset. Now I hear that he plays again to win money. As I told him next time I would not forgive him. I think it is a disease, which we call an addiction”
Student #9 – “These movies are similar and tell about the same theme: what the addiction is and what may happen with a person who is addicted of something. There are so many passions in the world and people sometimes are weak to overcome and not pay attention to them: computer games, M-agent (chatting), chocolates, shopping, and magazines with nude girls and so on. If some of them do not seem so dangerous, it is only their surface. At the beginning, everything looks like very naïve and funny. However, when a person starts to change his behavior or life style and can be dangerous for surrounding people. Their relatives and friends begin to worry and sometimes it can be so late. These clips are depressive but they show reality. We are teachers and we must care for our children and help them to reject such destructive actions. Our students are kids and they sometimes cannot distinguish the bad or good sides of things. For them it can be just for fun. I am afraid and not sure how to avoid such situations. Perhaps we must involve our students in other useful and profitable activities. Because people start to use drugs or alcohol when they feel loneliness and have a lot of time of nothing doing. Sport and study can help them. In order to help and prevent situation where children can be addicted, we should know our students better and better, interest what they do in their spare time, go out anywhere with them, sometimes just communicate. I hope I will be able to feel something wrong if it is so.”

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