My take is based on my experience with drugs and alcohol as a whole.forge wrote:Smutek the main reason you have the take you do is becuause yours was smack which is alot harder to say no to for anyone
Smack is hard, and it is addictive yes. But once your hooked on smack its pretty much impossible to deny there is a problem. With alocohol one can go on their entire life and easily deny there is a problem. Alcohol is legal, and it is a socially accepted drug. There are pubs and bars on every corner.
For me, I had a problem with drinking and drugs for many years before I ever tried heroin, people used to tell me. I never believed it, I just liked to party and have fun. Once I tried heroin I got hooked and it was very obvious that there was a problem. And it took me 6 years as a heroin addict to realize that my problem wasn't heroin, or even weed, or beer, or vodka. My problem was not drugs or alocohol, my problem was me. And in order for me to address that problem the first thing I had to stop was drugs and alcohol.
I don't think any drug, or alcohol is bad, but I realized that I can not control my use of drugs and alcohol, the only way for me to control it is to not do it at all, so I stopped.
As to addiction, if you use heroin regularly for say, a month - your body will become dependent on it and you will be addicted. This goes for 99.9 percent of those who will use heroin.
With alcohol, one is less likely to become physically addicted, or alocoholic. There is a much smaller percentage of the population that is genetically pre-disposed to alhoholism.
If one is an alcoholic, the dangers of alcohol withdrawl are much more dangerous, requiring medical treatment. People can actually die from alcohol withdrawl. Heroin withdrawl on the other hand, while very unconfortable, is not life threatening. A person can lock themselves in a room and kick heroin on their own, no matter how severe the addiction; medical treatment just makes it comfortable.
Thats the physical side, the tricky part is the psychological side. The compulsion to drink, or smoke weed, or shoot heroin.
Like you said, a person can drink their entire lives, even get wasted fairly regularly, but never actually have any problems that compell them to quit.
But another person can drink, lose everything, get arrested multiple times, or just feel really bad about their drinking, and even though they are not physically dependent, or an alcoholic per the technical definition, they are still be unable to stop due to their compulsion to drink.
So yes, in a lot of ways heroin is a very dangerous, and definitely a highly addictive drug. But in many ways alcohol is just as dangerous. In my opinion one of the main things that makes alcohol so dangerous is the fact that it is legal, and is socially acceptable. One can always compare and say "atleast I am not out there doing drugs". It's easier to deny having a problem, for the drinker and for the drinkers family and friends.
The point of all of this is, no drug is better or worse. Some are more potent, some are more addictive, but none are "good or "bad". The fact that I did heroin, and my friend did vodka does not necessarilly make us that much different. The only real difference was our choice of drug. The ultimate question is, how does it affect you and what, if anything, do you want to do about it.
I totally agree that loads of people drink all the time and never develop problems, and drinking beers with friends was a nice time indeed, but I also realize it is not necessary inorder to live a full, happy, fun, and productive life.
If this were the first time, or even the second that conny mentioned having a drinking problem I might have just written "good luck" and "you can do it" or something. But conny has mentioned this numerous times.
So, a drug or alcohol "problem" can take many forms. The definition of this problem lies in the individual. The only person that knows if conny has a drinking problem is conny. And conny, the only way you are going to answer that question is through deep self honesty. One does not necessarilly have to get drunk and crash their car into a bus load of nuns to have a problem.
Again, a good rule of thumb:
If you think you have a problem you probably do.
If you think you have a problem and have tried to stop unsuccesfully you have a problem.
You should stay out of the pubs for a while conny. You want to stop drinkng, there is absolutely no reason for you to go there.