On peer-pressure, illegal substances and yourself

I feel that I have to write this because I hold some knowledge on the subject of peer-pressure, illegal substances and such. Perhaps what follows can be seen as survival tips ... either way let the kids know:

To be cool or popular does not mean that you need to have a flashy car, designer cloths, or a blunt in your mouth while you’re mixing your Champagne with Hypnotic. That’s all show: it’s circus and even the circus gets boring. Trust me, been there and done that: after a while, it’s like: “meh ...”. You gotta be yourself then, respect comes.

Watch for the peer-pressure - it’s a nasty thing ‘cause it doesn’t allow you to be who you are. It tries to mold you into what other people are and that’s how we get masses of people turning into sheep. Have the courage to stand against the mass-brainwashing advertisment campaigns and the expectations of others. Stand defiant and say: “I’m Me and I’ll make my own trail – I ain’t a follower”. At the same time though, be not afraid to ask for guidance or other people’s opinions. The important part is to remember that: it’s all opinion and you control your own choices.

Knowing yourself is critical. We’re all really good at some things and not so good at others. We may need more practice with some things and less at others. We may be able to handle some substances better and we might not be able to handle some at all ... yes, I am getting to drugs now.

It’s a field day out-there with mind-altering substances at the moment and my concern is that kids are dipping into them at younger and younger ages. That is not good for the brain at all, since it is still developing and forming until roughly the age of eighteen to twenty years old.

I am not sure what the rush to try drugs is for either ... Some Egyptians were smoking opium thousands of years ago and guess what: it’s still around ... it’s not going anywhere so, there’s no need to hurry to try it at an early age.

Drugs are tough on the body in every conceivable way too ... this is very important to remember. If you are one who neglects their body, drugs will turn you into Smigles really fast and all you’ll be doing is searching for that ring, or the next blast/hit ... trust me, I know. I’ve seen it and I see it ... with drugs it’s a constant, never-ending battle of the will: lose the battle you lose yourself and the drug takes over. From that point on, you’re just a walking zombie.

I suppose the moral is: if you fuck with drugs, know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s a game that can cost you your life. I am not kidding in any way. I have had friends who have lost their souls ...

Drugs are getting dirtier and dirtier nowadays. Cutting costs is something which happens in the underground economy too and cutting costs in making ecstasy for example, means that it is no longer made from MDMA. Now they cap whatever they find in the medicine cabinet ... nasty and utterly immoral if you ask me ... And when it comes to cocaine, it is cut with anything and everything at hand as well. There have been deaths here in Ontario in the last couple of years, from cocaine that was cut with who knows what ... it’s not a game to take lightly ...

Just be careful and educate yourself. That’s my message. Forget about peer-pressure because it’s just stupid – it defeats creativity and individualsim. Be yourself and be smart!!

All the best.

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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Trouble with telling youngsters, especially late teens, is they don't listen to advice. If they haven't had good role models previously, it's too late.

I have just been through this with an ex's daughter. I thought she was going to be an athlete a few years ago, but it has all gone, she is smoking, drinking and probably smoking pot. She says no hard drugs. But it is a succession of men in her bed; she is just 18, but this has been going on for some years. She had so much promise as a runner; her mum was nearly selected for the Olympics one year.

As for me, i was an alcoholic and heavy drinker until 1983, so been there, too, plus coke of course.

All you can do is be there when they crash

Bob


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Now if we could get the people who so badly need to read this to read it. Good insights.


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Laura Matkin 4 years ago from Laceys Spring, Alabama

diognese that's terrible about your daughter. She probably feels that the men make her 'more' more special, beautiful, interesting etc. She will be living with regrets. If you talk to her she will listen. She may not take your advice but she will listen and that's something. Good work Mr. Happy! I hope this get's around to folks who need it. I will have my teen read this later myself.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Diogenes, I would like to dedicate a song for your daughter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLmRoVMfsD8

All the best! I ask Wakan Tanka to walk with Her.

Hoka-hey!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

What I know for sure is that these "spice" fake marijuana drugs sometimes cause some folks some major problems.

Someone sent me some free in the mail - it's legal, of course, but that's the last indication of something being "safe."

I had no problems to speak of, but I've other friends that got some respiratory infections and such that they'd never had from smoking the real deal - marijuana.

Not that I just recommend marijuana to everyone either, of course, but at least there's no real health risk with that....if it's clean.

Here in the south where everyone is a meth head - putting the pills behind the counter was the best thing that could have happened. It's harder for Joe Bob down the road to make his own stuff these days, and more often than not he wasn't doing it right to begin with.

The Mexicans, however, do know what they're doing....but I'd definitely never recommend meth to anyone for any reason.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mrs. Cclitgirl, I think we all have to be part of the solution, one way or another. Perhaps if reading is not an option, listening might work. Thus, pass on the message if possible, please.

Cheers! : )


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for your comment Mrs. Matkin. And thank You for your support. All the best!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Wesman, I have never heard of "spice fake marijuana" which is delivered for free in the mail ... wow ... the world never ceases to amaze me ...

Thanks for dropping-by!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Mr. Happy....I don't know what exactly to call it, but I've heard it MOST often called "spice" or "blends" ...it's marijuana like stuff that is sold in head shops as an incense, even though everyone well knows it's going to be smoked.

Basically, a guy who owns a head shop in Georgia contacted me on Facebook and asked if I'd like to try a free sample :-/

K2 would be the most well known one, and this stuff is legal in some places, illegal in others.


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

You are a good man and from the response you are getting you can see how much you are appreciated. This hub will help a lot of people and I for one will see that it is shraed through all my networks. Thank you.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Wesman, I usually take free samples to the toilet unless I know the person for a really long time. At least you're still in one piece.

Good luck! (lol)


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Spirit Whisperer,

I just like people to be educated. Lately, I think many are unaware of what is going on behind the curtains. As a hunter of knowledge, I not only hunt it but I share it too.

Cheers!


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cathylynn99 4 years ago from northeastern US

around here, we've had spice put people in the hospital with seizures and heart attacks.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment here, Mrs. Cathylynn99.

It's always sad when the lack of knowledge lands someone in the hospital, or even worse places ...

All the best.


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roxanne459 4 years ago from Washington

Thank you for posting this. Drugs continue to be a very serious problem and I'm afraid that people are getting desensitized to it. Just because it's common shouldn't make it acceptable. The human brain isn't full grown until approximately 25 years old and there is a lot of permanent damage that can be done by that point.


jasper420 4 years ago

very usefull hub! I had to let go of all my old freinds when I got into recovery because of peer preasure I wish I would have read this in my teens love when you said be yourslef!


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Laura Matkin 4 years ago from Laceys Spring, Alabama

People have committed suicide after smoking fake marijuana. Google the stuff. Legislators are working to make it illegal.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the comments ladies and gentlemen. If we can promote education and knowledge, I think we would be on the right track.

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple." Oscar Wilde


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

@Laura...so effing what?

People have committed suicide for never having smoked anything at all. Google it.

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