"it’s important to note that addiction is a chronic disease."
Over the years, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has been associated with numerous controversies.
Sanjay’s journey wasn’t a cakewalk and was full of ups and downs but it was his family, who stood by him as a pillar of strength.
Sanjay has three children, a daughter, Trishala Dutt from his first wife, Richa Sharma and twins, Shahraan Dutt and Iqra Dutt from his third wife, Maanayata Dutt.
In an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on Instagram, Sanjay Dutt’s daughter, Trishala was asked to comment on her father’s drug addiction in the past.
Trishala was asked: “Since you are a psychologist, what’s your opinion on your father’s past drug addiction?”
She explained: “First it’s important to note that addiction is a chronic disease.
“It is characterised by drug seeking and use that is compulsive or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences.
“The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people.
“However, repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs.
“These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a ‘relapsing’ disease.
“People in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not using drugs.”
Trishala spoke about how proud she is of her father for admitting his addiction and for seeking help. She continued:
“After a while, it does not become a want anymore, but rather a need to feel ‘normal’ because of how their brain chemicals have changed by drug abuse.
“They are no longer ‘chasing’ a high, it’s about chasing normality for them now, which is heartbreaking.
“All of us should have compassion for this disease and for the people and families it affects.
“When it comes to my father’s past drug use, he will always be in recovery.
“It’s a disease he has to fight every. single. day. even though he’s not using anymore.
“I’m proud of my father for admitting he had a problem, taking initiative, and seeking help for it.
“There is nothing, not a damn thing, to be ashamed about.”
In 2019, reports were rife that Sanjay Dutt had distanced himself from Trishala.
A close friend of Sanjay had shared with Bollywood Hungama:
“It seems Sanju has shut the door on Trishala. They don’t communicate at all.
“He has zero knowledge of what goes in her life. There is no connect, direct or indirect, between them.”
On the reports of her fallout with father, Trishala had clarified the speculation on social media.
A follower had asked Trishala: “Rumours going around saying you and your father are not on good terms. Please confirm?”
She replied: “Please do not believe everything that is written in tabloids. I don’t know where or who that came from but No, it’s not true.”
The response was followed by an eye roll, thumbs down and facepalm emoji.