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Fighting Religious, Chemical Addiction


The young man had told his fiancée that he was on a pilgrimage and couldn’t be contacted as an excuse for his stay at the rehab center. True recovery comes with honesty, knowledge, and acceptance, however. Simply “replacing rituals of drug with religion” is a highly risky business, as Simha puts it.

Right before joining the rehab, Sahil had a huge fight with his elder brother over money. The brothers had come to blows and still were not talking at the time of this interview. Before leaving I asked Sahil whether he needed to work on his relationships in recovery, to forgive those who have hurt him while asking forgiveness from those he’d hurt.

The question unsettled him. With a flushed face and tears slipping from the corner of his eyes, Sahil nodded. There were no words, only quiet acknowledgement. In that moment, Sahil was beautiful and young again.

Parul Abrol is a freelance journalist based in Delhi, India. She writes on politics, conflict, and development issues. Currently, she is working on a book on Kashmir's political history and recently spent five months in Srinagar, including the period of one of the most violent uprisings against the Indian rule.

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