We have met the enemy and he is us

Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 2:21 PM
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  • "The drug culture of today has also forgotten what normal feels like. They cannot exist in normality. They must have foreign substances in their bodies to make it through the day. I don't understand why. I have never understood why."

    Actually, most drug users - and remember that most people are drug users, whether their drug of choice be alcohol, caffeine, cannabis, peyote, tobacco etc - know exactly what normal feels like. It's what they experience when they wake up in the morning (assuming they aren't hung over or otherwise under the influence). They do, in fact, exist in normality - they work normal jobs, have normal social lives, enjoy normal sports, music, and other recreational activities. It's not that they _must_ have foreign substances in their body, it's just that they _enjoy_ the effects of those substances from time to time. Just like people who enjoy chocolate are not, for the most part, devoting their entire lives to the acquisition and consumption of chocolate, or most people who enjoy playing football do not devote their entire lives to playing football to the exclusion of all other activities, so most drug users simply integrate their drug use into their normal lives.

    Your claim to not 'understand why' rests upon the mistaken assumption that drug users have nothing else going on in their lives. Once you realise that they generally enjoy using drugs in exactly the same sense that people enjoy doing anything else that they enjoy, the mystery evaporates.

    Of course _a_minority_ of drug users do get into real trouble, do let it take over their lives, and really can benefit from interventions to help them take control (with the caveat the 'arresting and imprisoning them' is an intervention which is very unlikely to help with the underlying problem) but you should not pretend that they are typical.

    Most people who use drugs, including alcohol of course, do not do so to escape reality; they do so to enhance their enjoyment of reality, on a temporary basis, in a way which the particular drug used is generally conducive to.

    If doing things you enjoy in your free time is a sign of being "physically and mentally soft, weak, lacking resolve and grit to face life" then I contend that you are holding the human species to a standard of austere hyper-asceticism which would make life much less worth living.

    [By the way, I tried to put some words in italics, and they didn't show up in the preview - I've underscored them instead, but I'd be grateful of some info on how to get italics on this site]

    -- Posted by DavidMHart on Wed, Jun 13, 2012, at 3:13 PM
  • The most abused drugs are alcohol and prescription drugs.The number 2 cause of death in America is pharmaceuticals. It kills 300% more people than illegal drugs. I think we all are familiar with the alcohol factor in everyday life here also. So, the accepted is also the downfall of us all.

    -- Posted by minerette on Fri, Jun 15, 2012, at 6:15 PM
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