“Drugs kill” is an expression that has been used in many awareness campaigns and drug abuse prevention. However, this phrase so heard and repeated countless times hides aspects of substance use and obscures the perception of this problem. What makes you sick, spoils you, and can kill is how a person relates to drugs.
And when we talk about drugs, we’re not just talking about the so-called hard drugs, like cocaine or staple, and we’re not even just talking about illegal drugs, because drugs are both marijuana, illegal drinks and alcoholic beverages. ., tobacco or psychotropic drugs, legal.
If we stop at the classification of substances between legal and illegal, based on a legal model, the consumer is instead of a criminal, because buying and consuming something illegal implies committing a crime. From this point of view, we are leaving aside the power to think of the user as someone who has a health problem, a desperate addiction to a substance.
Does the drug really kill?
The drug itself does nothing; we are low, we are dead. It is something, inert, lifeless, without entity or power. It is a necessary element in addiction to substance useBut it takes a person to choose, use, abuse or depend on them.
Anyway, it’s worth clarifying this there are many drugs with strong addictive power, The same as the base paste or cocaine; but beyond this “power”, necessary but not sufficient, it will be necessary that certain conditions of the person are given so that at the end and at the end he enters into an addictive and dependent relation with him.
The often-repeated motto “the scourge of drugs must stop” demonizes it, gives it the capacity to be an active agent, which, like a virus, invades a person, understood as passive.
Two examples: the case of alcohol and psychotropic drugs.
If the drug is addictive, just by trying an alcoholic drink we would all become alcoholics. However, this does not happen, because it is not the drug itself that will determine it, but the relationship between the person (with social, biological, psychological, cultural, intertwined factors) and the drink.
Now let’s talk about psychotropic drugs. In many cases, psychopharmacological treatment is necessary, But with proper professional supervision to really work. The wide variety of psychotropic drugs for different functions opens up the possibility of “solving” different concerns and problems just by being medicated. Taking drugs without treatment is like lowering your fever with an antipyretic and going on like nothing, covering up what your body announces that something is not working well.
Not being able to sleep, feeling restless, being restless when alone, or surrounded by a lot of people, being in a bad mood or acting impulsively, has a possible solution in a pill. However, it will be much more productive and healthy not to just cover up the symptoms, but to research why we cannot sleep, what is happening to us or has happened to us not to tolerate being alone, why we feel these nerves when we leave. House. .. Not all of the above will be found in compulsive pill use. without treatment that questions and heals.
If we view drugs as the protagonist and culprit of addiction in the first place, we reject other substanceless addictions, such as addiction to sex, shopping, eating or gambling, among others.
Second, consider drugs as a social, national and global scourge, this leads us to see the addict as a passive victim and in this way, we take away from him the responsibility for his actions and, therefore, the possibility that he has in his hands to bring about change and to recover.