So as we celebrate International Mandela Day some of us giving 67 minutes of their time to help others, yes we should be doing this everyday but there is nothing wrong with having a day dedicated to it as added motivation.
I decided to pay it forward by sharing information I received while walking to the train station after work, various booklets focusing on THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS.
“My goal in life wasn’t living….it was getting high. Over the years, I turned to cocaine, dagga and alcohol under a false belief it would allow me to escape my problems. It just made things worse. I kept saying to myself, I’m going to stop permanently after using one last time. It never happened.” – John
It started with the weed, then the pills (Ecstacy) and acid, making cocktails of all sorts of drugs, even overdosing to make the rushes last longer. I had a bad trip one night….I prayed and cried for this feeling to go away, I had voices in my head, had the shakes and couldn’t leave home for six months. I thought everyone was watching me. I couldn’t walk in public places. Man I couldn’t even drive.
“I ended up homeless and on the streets, living and sleeping in a cardboard box, begging and struggling to find ways to get my next meal.” – Ben
These are some of the confessions within this booklet, I am sure most of us know the truths and myths about drugs as it is all over the news, social media and on the streets. Drugs may help you to fit in, escape or relax but the problem that you are running away from will not go away in fact slowly but surely you will wither away as the drugs take control of your mind and body.
Drugs are essentially poisons. The amount taken determines the effect.
A small amount acts as a stimulant (speeds you up). A greater amount acts as a sedative (slow you down). An even larger amount poisons and can kill.
This is true of any drug. Only the amount needed to achieve the effect differs.
I am no saint myself so I cannot preach all I intend as the purpose of this post is to create a dialogue between friends and family, parents and children – lets equip ourselves with knowledge and speak about these evils that riddle our society of it’s potential. Through this speech lets act and prevent our YOUTH from falling prey, lets create positive spaces and influences in which our future can grow without resorting to them taking drugs.
The real answer is to get the facts and not to take drugs in the first place.