Teens have heard it to the point of being stale: don’t do drugs. With all the different programs, it honestly starts to become a chorus of blah, blah, blah for many of them. It’s information overload to the point where they feel they can start to ignore it.
However, drugs really are bad. I’m not saying this as a scare tactic or because I’m an adult. While it’s true that all drugs aren’t bad all the time, in general, long term drug use has few benefits and a lot of downside. Let’s look at them for a little bit.
Drugs Are Chemicals
The human body is pretty resilient. It can handle a lot of pollution and foreign chemicals. However, drugs, even the natural ones, are still chemicals foreign to the body. While our bodies can detox them over time, every drug (even many prescription ones) is altering the chemical makeup of the body. Over time this can translate into serious health problems.
Drugs Make You Look Older
Go to a jail website and have a look at the drug offenders. You will literally see people in their twenties who look like they’re fifty. Why? Because drugs are chemicals. The body can only take the wear and tear and stress they cause for so long.
In addition, drugs, especially when used frequently, impair good nutrition and other healthy habits. The chemical changes and the lack of sleep, proper eating, etc. wreak havoc on the body. The result? Premature aging.
Addiction is Possible
Ten to twenty percent of the population is prone to drug and alcohol addiction (and even other types). That means that not everyone is able to experiment with drugs and be able to quit or moderate.
Just because some people can’t control themselves isn’t an argument against a total ban, of course, but it is something to keep in mind when you’re asked to use a drug. You should especially look at your family since addiction can be genetic. If you have alcoholic or addicted relatives you probably have a propensity to become addicted.
It Is A Waste Of Money
People spend tons and tons of money on alcohol and drugs. That money could be spent on much better things. One example would be classes or books to become confident and successful rather than actually numbing the pain (which is why many drug users take them).
Some addicts admit that over ten years they probably could’ve bought a house with the money they threw away in drugs. While moderate use of legal substances won’t break the bank, abusing illegal ones can be a huge hit to the wallet.
So, while I can’t tell you what to do, I hope you have a better understanding of the problem with drugs. Of course, there are other issues as well (criminality, etc.). However, these are a few of the practical ones that you don’t hear about a lot.