It seems to be a fact of human nature that a person can and will justify whatever activity they are engaged upon, even if it defies common sense or logic. Such justification are the reasons given for why it is okay to do it and keep on doing it—even if it truly isn’t okay at all. It is certain that the subject and activity of casual drug use will prompt a litany of justifications as to why it is okay to do it. But is it true that it is really okay to use drugs on a casual basis?
What are drugs, anyway?
If you go to Amazon.com, you will find an informative little booklet entitled 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs. It is an easy-to-read booklet designed to give kids the basic factual information as to what drugs are and why they are harmful. It is designed to be an educational tool that will help kids make the right choices when confronted with drug use. Because it isn’t just children who are faced with the decision whether or not to use drugs, or how often, or which ones, then it behooves any of us to know some simple but vital facts about drugs. So what are drugs, anyway? Here is a working definition you can use:
Drugs essentially are poisons. The degree they are taken determines the effect. A small amount acts a stimulant. A greater amount acts as a sedative. A larger amount acts as a poison and can kill you dead.
Any one of us can think of examples of how this would be true, and innately know that excesses of any kind tend to be detrimental if not downright harmful. Common sense would dictate that the idea of ingesting or using poisons even on a casual basis would indeed be bad for us. Let’s take a look at 10 reasons why that is so.
Why is casual drug use bad?
- Drugs are poisons. Ingesting or smoking on shooting poisons into your body is bad. Just because a person only uses toxic substances on a casual basis does not diminish the potential harm.
- Almost all drugs adversely affect the mind. We needs our minds to be sharp and clear, and our well-being and success in life is in no small part dependent on our ability to think clearly, to use good judgment and make sound decisions.
- Drugs diminish emotions and our ability to feel. Much of the experience of living consists of our feelings and emotions. Without those, the joy of life can lessen and depart.
- Drugs and drug use are used as a solution to a problem, or an unwanted attitude or emotion or sensation or pain. Although a drug may initially seem to be a temporary solution, the underlying issue remains and will prompt further drug use.
- Drugs are a trap. Once the drugs wears-off, whatever problem the drug seemed to solve is still there, and a person will want more of it.
- Drugs, including alcohol (and yes, alcohol is a drug) burn-up the vitamins in your body. The results can be the hangover, the “feeling bad” or the “feeling sick”.
- Marijuana, commonly used on a casual basis, damages the nerves, the lungs and the brain. THC, the main chemical in marijuana, is a neurotoxin—a poison that damages nerves. As an aside, there are about 400 chemicals in marijuana, likely none of which are good for you at all.
- Drugs adversely affect a person’s creativity. Witness how many artists our culture has lost to drugs.
- Drugs and drug use dull a person’s senses. Drugs numb the nervous system, and lessen a person’s awareness.
- Drugs stay in the body after use, and can remain there long after a person quits using them.
The list above does not even include the fact that nearly all the drugs used casually are illegal. So when a person casually engages is drug use, he or she is breaking the law. That is bad.
Where does casual drug use can end-up?
It is careless in the extreme to regard casual drug use as anything other than flirting with potential self-destruction. It is a given that every person who uses drugs believes he or she will never become an addict, will never get caught in the trap of substance abuse, will always be able to quit when they want. Unfortunately, it isn’t true and the empirical (based on observation or experience) evidence is all around us in society.
Many, many addicts began with casual drug use, dabbling in the “gateway drugs” such as marijuana, alcohol, or prescription drugs. The drug use escalated out of control resulting in substance abuse and addiction. One Father shares such a story about his daughter, how she descended into addiction and what it took to salvage her. You can read and learn from that experience here: http://www.narcononfreedomcenter.com/father-speaks-out-about-daughters-progress-on-freedom-center-program/