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5 Dec 2013

The Dangers of Substance Abuse - Part 8

Some points that I want to emphasize:
Number one, education: Education is the key to freedom. And not just financial freedom. Rather education means freedom of the mind and freedom from the clutches of ignorance. We need to educate people, especially our children, on the dangers of substance abuse and more importantly, the reasons why people try substances.
Number two, honesty: It is only when we are honest, with ourselves and with each other, that we can find the root of these problems, so we can start tackling the causes rather than the symptoms.
Number three, communication: In order for humanity to progress, we must communicate with one another. And we must communicate in a way that others can understand us. Very importantly, we need to listen. When an addict or an alcoholic is in trouble, those around them need to listen to them, try to understand what they are going through, and help.
Number four, relationships: Communication and listening mean nothing if we are not building relationships with people. It is only with strong relationships that we can get to know the real person and get to know who they are under the disease.
Number five, trust: We can only build strong relationships with a great deal of trust. Because my book is a story about growing up, I’m often addressing groups of parents. One of the issues that comes-up an overwhelming number of times is trust. Where do we draw the line? It’s almost like a candy store these days: there are so many drugs from which people can choose from today. However, we need to know that we have built a relationship based on trust with our children, so we are comfortable letting them go into the world. We need to trust that they will make mistakes along the way, just as we did. However, if we base our relationship on trust, they’ll come to us for help when something goes wrong.
Number six, compassion: As I alluded previously, often in society we demonize those who use abuse substances. We forget about the person underneath. We’ve done it for years. We throw the bad people into jail, without looking at the reason why they did what they did. Then we continue to pass those lessons onto the next generation. We need to show compassion towards those people, so that at the very least we can learn from them and prevent others from travelling down the same path.
When we really get to the root of these problems, what we are fighting is loneliness, fear, anger, a lack of experience, a lack of guidance, a lack of trust and dysfunctional homes. These are all things that we can change at home.
To end off with, I want to say, we can’t control what others do. I’m not saying we shouldn’t try to stop the drug dealers from doing what they do. However, they’re always going to be here. What we need to do as a society is ask why our children are trying drugs. The sad truth is, often the answer to that question lies in the home. We need to be asking what we can do differently at home to stop our children from wanting to try drugs and alcohol.
Thank you all for listening.
Does anyone have any questions?

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
The Dangers Of Substance Abuse - Part 7

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