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TravisAD (@travisad)    2 years, 2 months ago

It seems that I am unable to post this as a blog post so I shall write here. :)

This is not a post telling you what’s right or wrong. This isn’t a post telling you how to live your life. This is a post to give you more information about addiction. This is a post to express my personal feelings about the closed minds who discern drugs as something bad that they should never touch. If you still read this and feel you don’t ever want to do them, then more power to you. This is your life, make your own decisions.

First I want to start off by saying that I am tired of hearing people calling drugs “bad.” Normally when people are talking about drugs being bad it’s because they have known someone who took way too many and become, for a lack of a better word, retarded. That or they knew someone that got addicted to drugs. First let me start off by saying that drug addiction is very VERY serious, and if you’re addicted you should get help.

First let me start off by saying that anyone who believes that all drug users are people who don’t do anything for society that steal, lie, or gamble to get their drugs are morons. “Of the 17.2 million illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2005, 12.9 million (74.8 percent) were employed either full or part time.” (source: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/substanceabuse/index.html ) That means that on average at least 1 in 3 people you work with do drugs outside of work. As you can tell they still live normal lives, they are functioning members of society, and they are all around you.

It is possible for people to do drugs responsibly, and there are those that do. Drugs, if used in a controlled environment and done responsibly, can increase your quality of life tenfold. It can show you things you never thought possible. They can break you down and force you to see yourself from an outside perspective. That is what is necessary sometimes when you’re doing something you shouldn’t and need to fix that “issue” you’re dealing with. Sometimes they are issues you didn’t even know you had.

Anyone who is willing to drive while intoxicated on any level is someone who should be thrown in jail for putting yourself and others in harm’s way. That is not controlled, nor is it responsible.

Now I want to start talking about addiction. Addiction comes in many forms, and sometimes it’s hard to see you’re addicted to something. Addiction can range from drugs, food, smoking, religion, etc. You’re probably thinking, food? Ha ha I know some people eat too much but they can’t get addicted.

Respectfully friend, I must tell you that you’re wrong. Because of how complex humans and the human brains are there is a lot we don’t understand. One thing that a lot of people don’t understand is that anything, anything, can become an addiction. The difference is how severely the addiction can mess up someone’s life.

“In a nutshell, the fundamental difference between excessive enthusiasm and addiction is that healthy enthusiasms add to life whereas addiction takes away from it. For any behavior to be defined as addictive, there have to be specific consequences such as it becoming the most important activity in the person’s life or being the way they improve their mood.” (source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15723834 )

Just because your addiction is McDonald’s rather than drugs doesn’t make you any better of an addict then any others. I would like to give you a better example as to why drugs are worse to get addicted to then anything else. When you are addicted to something like eating it drastically changes your body to reflect the issues you’re experiencing. However, typically the worst that happens is the person just becomes very heavy and keeps going back to McDonalds.

When someone is addicted to drugs they are able to “escape” this world and go anywhere they want. They are able to create anything and become anyone. They are able to get lost in a made up world of their choosing. Now let me ask you, what sounds harder to come back from? The McDonalds down the street where everyone knows your name or a made up world where everything talks to you, everything is friendly, you have no issues, you have no cares, and you have anything and everything you want?

Yeah, now you can see why addiction can get out of hand so easily with drugs, and why it can be so hard to come back from them. With this understanding it’s easy to see why people call drugs “bad.” The biggest reason for anyone to become addicted to anything is because they are trying to escape something in particular or escape their entire life.

I had a friend close to me that hated her life, and even though she has a kid she decided life was too tough. She decided she didn’t want to be here anymore and she ran away into drugs. To a place where she didn’t have to worry about being a mother, she didn’t have to worry about the pain of losing a loved one, and she didn’t have to worry about everything because everything was okay there. This is the most dangerous thing anyone can ever do.

When life gets tough you can’t run away. You have to face your issues straight on or you will start to lose yourself. If you run away to escape something bad like the death of someone you may hate yourself for the rest of your life because you were absent in this moment. Be smart about when you do them and what you are doing them for.

Research what it is you’re doing. Find out how to do it safely (or as safely as possible). Know the signs and watch for them in others as well as yourself. Drugs can be a very wonderful thing that can do more then you could ever imagine. However, no drug is worth losing yourself. You are one of a kind and you matter to someone in this world, wither you know it or not.

Sincerely,
TravisAD

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Jeslyn (@jeslyntweedie)2 years, 2 months ago ago

Well said. I’ve mentioned this before but overdoing anything is not productive behavior. Balance is always the key. Moderation, and the quest for self-development and growth.

Addiction is a very human weakness, but you can always get out of it. Everyone has the strength to, even when they are pretty far down the hole…it’s not natural.

Then again, some may argue addiction is a product of natural selection…which is a very touchy subject I’m not sure I want to elaborate on.

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Dan (@danfontaine)2 years, 2 months ago ago

Tl;dr

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DaJetPlane (@lytning91)2 years, 2 months ago ago

@travisad, Pretty key points in there, from what I could tell.

Just so you know, only the Higher Existence (people Jordan and Marijn say, I guess) are actually able to post blogs. I think you MIGHT be able to talk to them about them publishing your stuff, but I think it is unlikely.

The discussion wall works just as well, imo. Plus you are certain to get more feedback here than if you posted it as a blog.

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TravisAD (@travisad)2 years, 2 months ago ago

@jeslyntweedie, Very true. Moderation is key to everything. Something I forgot to add was that too much of anything can kill you. Even water.. haha

@lytning91, Thank you for the information. I am fairly new here so I don’t know a lot of the workings. I don’t mind where I can post it as long as I can post it somewhere ^_^

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DaJetPlane (@lytning91)2 years, 2 months ago ago

@travisad, Your best bet is here. I would caution you to control the rate and volume at which you post material, however, as it is likely to be written off by some users.

I saw this with another user who posted about 10 discussions within a short amount of time. Either way, so long as you keep your heart in what you write, I’m sure you will get legitimate and beneficial feedback from other users.

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Kidd (@kidd)2 years, 2 months ago ago

Well said!

Too much of a good thing is a bad thing, after all.

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