Ok, I just didn’t know how to caption what I have in mind in the topic, but essentially what I am writing about is substance (drug, alcohol and similar substance)abuse.The trend of drug addiction and abuse in our society is rapidly increasing at a really really fast progressing geometric rate. Pardon all the grammar but I am sure you get the gist now.
In the past few weeks I’ve been watching the Jenifa diaries series with family and friends and it has been a very nice way to relax and laugh plenty plenty after a day of work and stress. Thanks to Funke Akindele and her wonderful team who have not only made it a comedy but also used it as a medium of educating and enlightening our teeming youthful population. So, Kiki, one of the nicest characters in the series failed her exams and was influenced by a friend (Tanya/Tania) to find comfort in drugs or at least use that as a means from escaping from her problems.
This depicts why many people are resorting to drugs now, ladies are not exempted. Some like Kiki do it in order to escape from the challenges of life such as failure and broken homes. Sometimes it is to get confidence to face life, people, talk to guys or ladies – a drug induced confidence. Curiosity has also gotten others involved till they are hooked and cannot help themselves anymore. How about those that are influenced by friends. I will not neglect those that abuse drugs such as tramadol all in the name of the kind of manual work that they do.
Such addictive drugs indeed give fleeting, temporary and ephemeral satisfaction. At the moment, you may seem to be able to read more or assimilate more, the confidence oozing from you may be unbeatable. The feeling of peace and protection from all the troubles and hardships in the world may be there. The peaceful long sleep and lethargic feeling almost all through the day is also present. The reality is that the problems and challenges do not go away. They only seem so to you for the brief moment you are being controlled by chemicals.
However, the end result of addiction is usually terrible and life damaging although it may feel good at the moment. Since it is addictive it usually leads to spending every dime you have on purchasing these drugs. Nothing else matters to a person who is addicted and such a person can sell all in the world just to purchase a sachet or drink of the substance. Addiction in this sense is like a hunger that never gets satisfied, it is Oliver Twists who keeps asking for more. it can drain all one’s resources yet will never rest till it has all including one’s life. How about the damage it does to body organs including the lungs, kidney and the brain. Ultimately it leads to death. Relationships, career, businesses and other aspects of the addict’s life also begin to crumble under its weight.
Many people do not consider themselves to be addicts, some claim to be social users of these substances. That may be true, but even the greatest addicts sometimes do not admit of their situation. Youths especially always think they are invincible from the side effects of drugs or that they will stop before it ever gets to such a stage. Unfortunately, I have known some who were not that lucky and they died due to substance abuse.That you can still read this indicates you are among the lucky people who still have the privilege to turn a new leaf.
The starting point is therefore an admission that one is addicted or abusing substances and this is a really really bad idea. Many users think they cannot survive without it or that they are helpless and have to continue using the substance. But this is not so. You have to know that there was a time when you lived without reliance on these chemicals and indeed you can do so again. So it is possible to stop the addiction and break the chain. Even though you may need the help of professionals, friends and family to keep you on track yet the key point is that it is possible to get out of the addiction.
From the few people I have spoken with most times one of the key factors that made them get on the bandwagon of drug abuse is the influence of their friends. That tells me that indeed bad communication can corrupt good manners. Your choice of friends is therefore very important. If there is any friend in your life that is influencing you negatively the best thing is to cut away from such a person. No matter what other ‘good’ benefits the person’s friendship may have brought into your life, the ‘negative’ side effects such as drug addiction can sufficiently cancel and obliterate all the good. It is therefore time to surround yourself with the right friends and people who will be understanding and help you in your resolve.
Your energy and talents should also be channeled into more profitable ventures such as sports, spiritual activities, dancing, acting and other interesting extra curricular activities. If you need professional help, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for one.
Finally, if you have never resorted to substance abuse, do not try it out. There is a Yoruba proverb which says ‘whatever one will not eat, one must not smell it’, so don’t go near it at all. It’s not even worth a trial!
I know this message will help at least someone, so feel free to share and share on your social media platforms and spread the message till it gets to that person. By so doing you are indirectly changing lives and the society at large.
Keep being a gracefulcornerpillar!