Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:07 AM
1. People's inner demons exist before they take drugs, and that is why drugs take hold of them the way they do and therein lies the problem. Drugs aren't the problem and should be legalized.
2. People's inner demons are brought out by drugs and wouldn't surface otherwise. Drugs contort people's judgment and should not be legalized. They are the problem.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:11 AM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:17 AM
Some people are predisposed to making poor decisions because of the environment in which they live and have been brought up in. Some people feel they have no better choice than to become a user.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:35 AM
The drugs are not the problem.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:36 AM
nicotine and alcohol have been my vices which are worse then things like weed in my opinion
Heck I was addicted to chapstick in HS.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:38 AM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:48 AM
I am all for Joe Schmoe being able to smoke or snort after a long day at work. But I also understand that drugs, like guns, are destroying our society because people are abusing them.
I once helped a buddy out who was a recovering addict. He had just been kicked out of the house by his wife. I gave him food, blankets, a key to my place while I was away at training camp. One day he wouldn't answer my calls so on a hunch I drove home and sure enough he had barricaded himself in my place to smoke crack in my bathroom. All my stuff had been gone through (looking for something he could sell, probably). Ruined our friendship which sucks because he's really a great guy. Just can't trust him because of his demons.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:09 AM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:39 AM
it can happen with anything... but it's much more likely to happen with heroin or alcohol than exercise or yoga.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:11 PM
And that's just one example of something other than psychoactive compounds sold on street corners becoming an addiction. I know (and I'm sure I'm not the only one) people right now that video games are having no less of a negative impact on their lives than if they were full bore raging alcoholics. I know a programmer who is so addicted to writing this one piece of software that he makes meth addicts look dependable. Beyond that a quick Google search will generate days worth of case study reading on non drug addictions that had devastating effects on the lives of the addicts and those who cared about them.
Drugs get a really bad rap in this because of the physical damage they can do to the user and the social stigma of being out of your right mind, but the psychological mechanisms of addiction are basically the same. Of course there are some compounds that create an actual physical need for them once the user has habituated their use and I'm not trying to deny that; the physical component to opiate addiction is very real. But that said I think to get to the root of addiction and what drives people to it you have to go deeper than the compounds people are ingesting.