To Drug or Not to Drug? That is the Question

Posted: March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized
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drugsI’m sure we all remember the D.A.R.E. program that hit schools across the nation in the 90’s. Kids everywhere were wearing the T-shirts. I remember going through the course in school and having policemen come and talk to us about drugs. We studied each drug one by one and its effects on the human body, and by the end I was convinced that drugs really did fry your brains just like the commercials said.

This topic is one a friend posed to me. “What makes a person take that first hit?” is what he said to me. I thought to myself, “That’s a good question.” So that’s what I want to talk about. What makes a person try drugs that very first time? Sure, back in the day there may not have been as much public knowledge about the effects of drugs, but in this day and age – the information age? People have to know the damage drugs cause on the mind, body, spirit, and life in general. So knowing that you can become dependent on it, knowing certain drugs literally burn holes in your brain, knowing the financial toll it will take on your life after while, knowing the hurt it will cause the people around you, knowing you can overdose what would make a person still try it for the first time?

I understand that a lot of drug addicts start as kids and it stems from curiosity or peer pressure, but what about adults who start using drugs? What is their reason? Is it also peer pressure? Is it curiosity? You just want to know how it feels. Is it depression or stress? Is it for sexual performance enhancement? I mean you can kid yourself by saying the drugs are new or different in 2013 but we all know the truth. There’s nothing new under the sun. New drugs are just new forms of or renamed old drugs. I’m not going to sit here and split hairs either and get into specifics about which drugs. I mean real drugs in general, man-made or man-enhanced drugs/chemicals. Knowing everything there is to know today what makes a person decide to try it anyway?

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