The “War on Drugs”, “Just Say No”, “Hugs Not Drugs”
“ DARE”, “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers”, “Drug Czar”
When you have politicians serving the public as “health educators” this is the result. The cost to benefit ratio is outrageous and We – the taxpayers – are paying for it. We spend 500 million each year for a “drug-free” America. It’s time to let everyone do their own jobs. Health educators should be educating the public and the politicians should be serving in the best interest of the public.
The Receptor Site Theory answers the question as to how chemicals are utilized by the body. The cells in your body maintain your existence. Cells utilize nutrients, oxygen, hormones and neurotransmitters to provide for your energy and repair. Cells are also specialized – meaning that they have different functions, “job titles” in the body that they are responsible for completing. The receptor sites on the cells provide the “toll-booth” for cells. Thereby only allowing certain chemicals to enter the cell. Once these chemicals enter the cell they are metabolized and eventually the waste products of their metabolism is excreted. The analogy of putting together pieces of a puzzle or the “lock and key” example describes how receptors only allow certain nutrients, drugs, hormones, neurotransmitters, etc. to enter the cell.
Depending on your drug of choice : Stimulant, Depressant, Hallucinogenic (Your personality has a lot to do with this)
The “positive” effect that your are looking for from the drug (the high, the low, the gone, the flow, the here, the there, the happy, the sad).
Once you develop a tolerance , the body will need more for the same effect. This contributes to the escalating need for more drug , more often, more time spent using, more money and obviously more energy spent involved with this addicting habit.
An addiction takes time from your schedule . Addictions leave less time for work, school, travel, reading, learning, meeting new people, going to parties, conferences, leisure activities.
Good! You are only human! As humans we are vulnerable. If you do not believe you are vulnerable – you may just be that person that learns the hard way. Perception of vulnerability and susceptibility is a means of self-preservation. This realization hopefully can keep you on the “look-out”. Primary prevention strategies puts this concept to use. We cannot possibly know our future but we can know ourselves. Awareness of our behaviors can help us predict and plan our future. Looking at our family and surroundings can also give us a sense of our strengths and weaknesses. Adapt, adapt, adapt to the many stages of your life. This is your “salvation”.
Successful Treatment for Drug Use, Abuse and Misuse
An unhealthy continued involvement with a mood-altering object or activity that creates harmful consequences. Signs of an addiction are (1) obsession/compulsion (2) loss of control (3) negative consequences (4) denial (5) escalation (6) tolerance (7) withdrawal symptoms.
A healthy continued involvement with an object or activity that contributes to your growth in all six dimensions of wellness.