Renan, on 23 September 2011 - 09:10 AM, said:
I don't understand how anyone can live in this society being sober all the time. The major reason for people to get drunk or high is to get out of their ridiculous and pathetic reality of daily life. People prefer to live an illusion than to live this reality. And I completely understand that.
Everyone I know who don´t use any kind of drugs, make up for it with other kinds of addictions. Obsession with religion, with politics, with working etc.
People can´t live a healthy life in an unhealthy society.
But since we all are this unhealthy society, it helps breaking the vicious circle by at least making an effort towards living healthier.
Of course, if using drugs keeps you from killing yourself, because at the moment you're unable to find a way to cope without any help, it can be reasonable to keep using. But this always should only be the last resort. My friend is a social worker and she once worked in a shelter for homeless, severely addicted, prostituting girls and women. Due to the experience from this job she's in favour of a free distribution of for instance heroin (monitored by doctors, of course) for people, who are not able to cope with their life differently and are already addicted.
She said, a lot of her clients were damaged beyond any hope, starting with various trauma from childhood and ending with having been raped at least once during working as a prostitute and everything else, that comes with living on the streets, being an addict. By getting the substance they need without the hassle of having to chase an illegal, expensive drug everyday, those people would be able to live a relatively normal life. Of course, they would still be addicted, but seeing the kind of damage that has already been done to them, it would be the most reasonable thing to do.
But seeing that compared to those people, I have been very lucky so far, I even feel the responsibility to make an effort to get my addictive behaviour under control and I'm including every addictive behaviour into this, not only the kind that is related to substances. I don't prefer living an illusion, it would be wasting my life and I only have this one.