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4 Dec 2013

The Dangers Of Substance Abuse - Part 7


It’s very easy to scare people with the statistics about drugs. We all know that drugs are a problem. What are we doing about it though? What are we going to do to stop it? What are we going to do to prevent the next generation from becoming addicts?

To me the solution rests on a few key pillars: education, being open and honesty, just to name a few. Let’s be real here. This generation’s parents grew up in the sixties and seventies. Are we really going to stand here and say that none of them ever tried some form of drugs at some point? However, what do we all do? We cover it up. We sweep it under the rug, and in doing so, throw away all those opportunities to learn.

Let’s face it, if children want to do or try something, they will find a way. We know this because we were the same when we were small. So then, why do we do the same as what our parents did: scream, shout, turn a blind eye and hope it all goes away?

I had a friend many years ago. He has since moved to another country. I wouldn’t call him an addict. However, he was certainly a regular drug user. His parents told him that if they ever caught him taking drugs, he was out of there. Isn’t that the point where parent needs to be their strongest though, and stand by their child? Isn’t that the point where your child needs you most? And not to scream and shout, but to sit and listen. To try to understand what your child is going through; try to understand why they did it; find the root of the problem and try sort that out.

Rather than close up about all this, let’s get it out into the open. There is a reason why someone tries drugs or abuses substances. Let’s find those reasons and pass those onto our children. Let’s open up a dialog and tell them the good and the bad. Tell them the dangers. Share with your children your experiences and even more importantly, share with them why you tried something. Communication is one of the most overlooked skills in society today.

As a society, we love to demonize people. When someone is a criminal or a drug addict, we love to believe that he or she is a horrible person. However, they are human beings just like the rest of us. Isn’t it more important to find out why they turned out that way, so that we can prevent the next generation from doing the same? Isn’t it better to open up and share our experiences, so that others might learn from them?

The Dangers Of Substance Abuse - Part 1
The Dangers Of Substance Abuse - Part 2
The Dangers Of Substance Abuse - Part 3
The Dangers Of Substance Abuse - Part 4
The Dangers Of Substance Abuse - Part 5
The Dangers Of Substance Abuse - Part 6

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