Clinical psychologist Carlos Silva states that they we must work case by case because not all cases are the same and require the same treatment.
That is reaffirmed by the family counselor Ignacio Torres, who works at several centers that treat addictions in Guayaquil, and warns of people who are at high risk for consumption.
Not only young people abused, from dysfunctional homes, abandoned are vulnerable, he specifies, but children whose parents are excessively overprotective, which causes anxiety in kids, leaving them emotional scars, making them more vulnerable.
According to him, the problem of drug use in Guayaquil is so alarming that “for every person who recovers two hundred get sick.” Therefore, his recommendation and that of spiritual psychotherapist Gustavo Macias is to reeducate society, the family, starting from getting rid of the guilt to find solutions and immediate professional help.
Both question the way the juvenile police (Dinapen) run the operations in schools to confiscate drugs, because they believe they are causing serious emotional harm to schoolchildren.”
They say they meet those children after the operations for revision of their backpacks, as if they were addicts, they come to their homes scared, crying. They feel they are being criminalized. “You have to understand that drug use is not a physical problem, it is a mental illness”, they emphasize.