How Drugs Ruin Lives - The Reality of Addiction
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By Anna O'Connell/Posted: Jan 17 2015
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How Drugs Ruin Lives - The Reality of Addiction

Everybody tells you that drugs are illegal and what they can do to your body. They tell you that they’ll kill your brain cells. But, they don’t tell you the real road that an addict goes down. If you get into heavy drugs, you’ll experience most of the following, if not everything on this list.

Once Won’t Be Enough

People always say they’re only going to try something once, but that’s very rarely what really happens. They try it once and they like the high so much that keep using to try to chase the original high. Before they know it, they’re an addict although they never get that first feeling back.

You’ll Try to Hide It

You’ll think you’re keeping your secret, but those around you will notice subtle changes. You’ll start losing weight, or, you’ll start wearing turtlenecks or long sleeves in the summer to hide the needle marks. Your family and friends will also notice your personality changes or strange behavior.

You’ll Lose Your Job

As your addiction gets worse, you won’t be able to hold down a job. Keeping track of the day or time becomes impossible. Once you become unemployable, you wind up living off the system, which makes it even harder to afford your growing addiction.

You’ll Sell Everything You Own

Now that you’re jobless with an addiction to feed, you’ll start to trade your things off to dealers or sell them to pawn shops for more drug money. You might think that you’d never sell your amazing stereo or your Xbox, but if you become an addict, you’ll have no problem giving them to the highest bidder if it means you can get your next high.

You’ll Steal From People You Know

Once you’ve run out of things of your own to sell, you’ll have to move on to other people’s things. Usually, addicts start stealing from the most accessible places first, family and friends, before they move on to strangers.

You’ll Become Aggressive

Even if you’re the meekest person in the world, your addiction is more powerful than your self-will. You’ll grab your girlfriend by the hair, yell at someone for no reason, start a fight at the bar, or throw a phone at your sister if you’re jonesing for your next hit.

You’ll Lose Your Self-Respect

You’ll stop caring about everything, including yourself. Nothing matters at this point, but your addiction. If you’re out of money, and there’s nothing left to steal or sell, you might even turn to offering sexual favors in exchange for drugs.

You’ll Lose Your Home

You’ll be so busy paying to feed your habit that you won’t be able to afford the little things like rent, hydro, and food. Eventually, your power will get cut off and you’ll get evicted. If you still live at home at home with your parents, sooner or later they’re going to get sick of it and tell you to move out.

You’ll Put Your Family Through Hell

You might think you’re the only one going through it, but you’re putting your entire family through it too. They have to watch you suffer and turn into someone they don’t even know, right in front of their eyes.

You’ll Hit Rock Bottom

Rock bottom isn’t the same for everyone. For one person rock bottom might be losing their kids. For another person, it might be losing their home. It’s just a question of what it’s going to take to get you there, and how much you’ll put yourself and your family through first.

Even then, you might not learn from it. Some people clean up and go right back out looking for the nearest dealer, repeating the whole process.

Before you even think about giving in to peer pressure and trying heavy drugs like meth, cocaine, crack, or heroine, think about all these realities of the life of an addict.

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sassii  - 3 - Aug 23 2018 - Like
Lollipop2  - Aka= Becky serrick - May 7 2018 - Like
deztheshadow  - this is very much just a scare article and is no better than abstinence based sex ed courses. I recoomend you do your own research into what ever you're interested in doing. Here are some good sources https://www.erowid.org/ https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDrugClassroom - Jul 5 2017 - Like
pixl_jr.jpg  - Holy fuck, who ever is doing anything illegal with deugs that need to be directly put into your bloodstream, you kinda have this coming for you. Taking a bong rip and a tab of LSD is chill and probably wont kill you or do anything but this is too far - Nov 1 2016 - Like
GirlGamer6  - If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.They lie about marijuana. Tell you pot-smoking makes you unmotivated. Lie! When you're high, you can do everything you normally do just as well you just realize that it's not worth the fucking effort. There is a difference. - Oct 24 2016 - Like
funani  - I would complain about your teachers if they taight you this rubbish...but I think most schools are the same tbh - Sep 14 2016 - Like
funani  - Did you learn this in school just wondered where you got all this information from..... - Sep 14 2016 - Like
Substance  - Anti-drug campaigns gives me a desire to take some next level shit. - Aug 29 2016 - Like
justin11077  - that looks realy coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll - Apr 8 2015 - Like
XboxRob  - ..to be honest i think lazy people will be lazy and degenerates will be degenerates.....some herion users will get white collar jobs earning 35k / year to support their habit becase not shooting up = dying for them. If people are going to work hard theyre going to work hard if people are going to be lazy americans well, youre in the right place....America well pay for your crank and call it 'child support'....free medicare??? not in MURICA Land of the Sheep - Mar 15 2015 - Like
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