December 7, 2019

Why do people take drugs?

Shallow Focus Photography of Cannabis Plant by Michael Fischer.

The term “drugs” is well known worldwide, it is associated with two words, the “bad” and the “good”. Bad drugs can harm you, while good drugs can cure health problems. One can say that the reason for taking drugs is due to physical and mental pain. For example, if you feel burning hot in your body, you might take a Paracetamol, or if your cough disturbs your daily activity you might take a cough medicine. In other words, good drugs act as a good medicine; it solves the pain making the person healthy again. On one hand, bad drugs acts as a short term solution to the user giving him the feeling of relief and calmness but once the effect is gone, the user feels again the pain and anxiety he wished to escape. 

The difference between the good and the bad drug is that, the latter offers a short term relief but does not cure the problem, leaving the user at the mercy and dependence of the drug. Like any type of addiction, drug addiction gives a person a short term relief (a relaxing feeling) but does not really help the person solve the real cause of his problems and anxieties. 

Take the case of a poor man who has been a victim of drug addiction. A poor man living in a slum area takes a bad drug because he feels unhappy about his life; he lacks financial security as well as food security. He wakes-up everyday seeing the poverty of his family. His insecurity is being fueled further by reality distorted videos and filtered photos he is seeing on social media and television. He feels helpless knowing that he has been enduring his poor circumstance for more than a decade. His neighbor, also a poor guy, tries to offer help and friendship by giving him shot of bad drug. Suddenly, the poor guys felt relieved; calmness and happiness are the words of the moment. But after the effect of drug is gone, reality seeps-in, what was heaven for a while is back to normal they want to escape. Because the poor guy wants to feel again the easiness of being high on drug, he plans to buy another shot. But he doesn’t have a regular job; because of this, he thinks of easy ways to produce money, what comes out of his mind is dangerous: violating the law and committing crimes, he thinks, is the surest way to easy money; he executes the plan with confidence and feels no fear that he will be caught by the law enforcers. 

The case above is not new, a person takes a shot of bad drug in hopes that he will feel better and everything around him will get better automatically; bad drugs can really make a person feel good and happy but it is temporary and it will not solve the root of the problem. If only he can think of good solutions to his financial problem, and there is someone who can provide a helping hand, he might recover. He can then start to build a new life; he will start to feel that he can now change his circumstances; he will start to dream of good things about his family. Once his reality is now his happiness; because he now wakes-up in abundance of food in the table and the sound of laughter of his wife and kids, then maybe and most likely, he will no longer seek the life of a drug addict. 

The use of bad drugs is not only due to financial problems, what is sure is that its use is related to problems in life that causes anxiety. These problems can range from family problems to personal problems. Theoretically, optimistic and happy people are less likely to engage in drug addiction; why, because these people can think of solutions to their problem while maintaining a positive emotion. If a person is happy and optimistic, he is less likely to be anxious. When you are not anxious and you feel good about yourself (about your life) then there is a less chance that you will engage in bad drugs. 

The government, private sector, society, and each and every family has a big part to play in making the reality a better place – this is the only way, and the safest way to solve drug addiction; because no one needs an escape to a daily dose of beautiful reality.

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