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originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: pteridine
Yes and I never understood how people thought drugs made them feel good. I just don't see it myself.
originally posted by: Ensinger23
Take this from someone who has been there, done that. Happiness and satisfaction in life does not prevent drug abuse. For some people, it's a family thing. Their parents did drugs in front of/around them, they were desensitized to it and therefore didn't think twice when given their chance to pick up the needle/pipe. For others, it's something you sort of fall into. It might start from peer pressure at schools, it may simply be that you have the opportunity and the means to do something, so you do it. How about an employee gets injured at work, at home, or anywhere and gets a chronic injury requiring the use of opiate painkillers on a daily basis. After a while of this, they will become dependent no matter how responsibly they take their medication. Then you have the people who self-medicate to attempt to heal damage done either to their body or psyche that they don't feel safe reaching out for help with.
I could go on and on listing the reasons people start down the pass of substance abuse, but I hope that you can see from my small list that there is no ONE reason people abuse drugs. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. This is NOT restricted to low income areas, "poor" people, or those who are already at the bottom. Teens and adults who come from financially stable homes can just as easily become sucked into the cycle as any others. As someone else has already mentioned, many celebrities who had it all (as far as money and lifestyle go, cannot speak on personal happiness) because addicted to and died from drug abuse. This might be as simple as Lots of Money + Easy Access = Overdose death. It could go deeper than that, but I don't really think you need to.
As far as "weak-minded" and "immature", I'm sure there are a lot of drug users like that in the world, but there are also a lot of NON drug using people like that. If you aren't emotionally developed or don't have a strong sense of independence does NOT mean you are going to become a drug addict or fit some sort of stereotype that says you will.
It's easy to put people who have troubles in their own little category/corner of society, label them and wag your finger at them because it's easy. Their troubles are out in the open and in most cases are being "self-medicated" by the drug user. Can you say that you've never done anything wrong in your life? Just because your dark corners are well hidden from others doesn't give you the right to judge. Who was it that said, "He who cast the first stone"?
originally posted by: Edumakated
a reply to: Ensinger23
I have no experience with it because I am not stupid enough to do it. I don't need to smoke rocks to know it is bad for you just like I don't need to break my leg to know it hurts.
This is a discussion board. People discuss things and people have opinions. Sometimes we disagree, sometimes we agree. I respect your opinion, but I stand by mine that people who do drugs are weak, stupid, or both. At some point, we can argue the addiction is a disease and the drugs become physically necessary as someone mentioned above. However, I again stand by my point that you have to be pretty weak or stupid to even try hard drugs the first time.
I've had friends who drink till they fall out. Smoke weed like a chimney and god knows what else. Even while I am with them partying, at no point ever in my life did I feel obligated to partake in that nonsense even while they may have called me lame for staying straight.
I've seen my share of toothless methheads and crackheads who will suck you dry in a back alley for $5.00 to know anyone who even thinks using those types of drugs could be "recreational" are weak or stupid.
originally posted by: SpaDe_
It should also be taken into consideration that not everyone's perception of the " plain cage" is the same. One persons "plain cage" might be a run down apartment in a bad part of the city, while another persons might be a nice house with a white picket fence in the suburbs. I think it has more to do with the sense of being trapped in a situation or unhappy with a situation, and the substances are the temporary escape.
One has to be either stupid or weak to use hard drugs. It isn't like people don't know the effects and results of drug use. Who has not seen the zombified crack or meth head?
originally posted by: intrptr
In a different thread about addiction, I said that its not the substance, its the person using it.
A need for the drug is more powerful than the drug itself, in the beginning.
Once hooked, the drug is in the drivers seat. The addict is just a passenger along for the ride.