ONE BAD ACID TRIP.....They told me it was perfectly normal, that it would help me escape my problems, that I would feel nothing but pleasure.
It started with the weed , then the pills (ecstasy) and acid , making cocktails of all sorts of drugs, even overdosing to make the rushes last longer.
My goal in life was no longer to live, it was getting high. I couldn't eat or sleep. I lost so much weight, I could barely recognize myself.
I was falling into a chasm towards a point of no return. Over the 2 years of using, I kept saying to myself,
"I’m going to stop permanently after using this one last time."
It never happened.
I had a bad "trip" one night and went into toxic psychosis.
I prayed and cried for this feeling to go away, I heard voices in my head, had the shakes and couldn't leave home for six months. I became very withdrawn and thought everyone was watching me. I couldn’t be out in the public without feeling paranoid.
I ended up homeless and on the streets, sleeping on any sidewalk I could find, begging and struggling to find ways to get my next meal.
I asked myself if I had hit rock bottom, and I believe I had.
I had everything, good exam results, best friends and a loving family. Now, I have nothing.
- Jason, 17
- Jason, 17
Drugs - we’ve all heard of it; from friends, from the television, perhaps you know someone who’s using or maybe you’ve even experimented with it.
In Malaysia alone, there are more than 22 811 drug ABUsers, 98% of which are male. Almost 60% attribute it to peer influence.
But, what exactly are drugs?
- They are essentially chemical substances that can be used to treat disease or to improve performance
- Conversely, constant use of certain drugs can cause addiction and serious health effects.
Why do teens abuse drugs?
1. TO FEEL GOOD
- Drugs like heroin can produce a state of extreme pleasure and satisfaction. Some teens use it to relieve themselves of stress and pressure.
2. TO PERFORM/LOOK BETTER
- Low self esteem in males can lead to anabolic steroid abuse. These young men feel they can only look good if they have huge muscles. Teens may also be tempted to take drugs to improve performance in sports or studies.
3. EVERYONE’S DOING IT
- Teens are at an age where friends are a major influence on the decisions they make. If the people around them think its “cool” to “smoke a joint” or to go on an “acid trip”, then it is quite likely that the teen will try it out.
4. POOR DECISION MAKING
- Till about the age of 20, the part of the brain which controls decision making in teenagers are still not matured and so they have limited ability to make rational decisions or have self-control.
5. AS AN ESCAPE
- Some drugs may help teens forget about their problems temporarily such as loneliness, depression, family dysfunction, traumatic experiences/abuse.
Drug abusers use variety of methods to take in drugs. Some of them are:
- Swallowed in the form of pills, capsules or liquids.
- Injected into their body by “cooking” ( turn it to the liquid form)
- Crushed then sniffed
- Smoked ( by rolled in papers like a cigarrete or by pipes)
Curious about the drugs frequently
1. Heroin - popular street names include smack, skag, and junk.
2. Cocaine - often referred to as big C, snow, flake, coke, and blow.
3. Marijuana - pot, blunts, weeds, chronic, grass, herb, ganja
4. Barbiturates - popular slang names include yellow jackets, reds, blues, Amy's, and rainbows.
5. Methamphetamine – referred as crank, meth, speed, crystal, chalk, fire, glass, crypto, ice
6. Ketamine - often referred to as Special K.
7. Amphetamines - Other street names are speed, uppers, dexies, bennies.
8. Buprenorphine - also called bupe or subbies
9. Ecstasy – referred to as MDMA, “E,” “XTC,” “X,” “Adam,” “hug,” “beans,” “clarity,” “lover's speed,” and “love drug”.
11. Inhalants – substances that are sniffed to give the users an immediate high. It includes household product like glues, paint thinners, marker ink etc.
12. Prescription drugs - Pain relievers - OxyContin and Vicodin
Depressants (sedatives and sleeping pills) - Xanax
Stimulants - Ritalin.
PS: Don't be fooled by the fancy names !! =)
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SO? ONE SHOT/SMOKE COULD DO NO
What can I do now?
DON’T START. SAY NO. WALK AWAY.
Don’t even think about experimenting with it! You may think you are strong enough to control yourself but the truth is, once you’re hooked it will be difficult to get over. If you have friends that abuse drugs, it is best to stay away from them.
DO IT THE
If you are stressed, de-stress the right way. Take a walk, have a cold shower, listen to soothing music, exercise.
Be open with your parents (or older people whom you can trust) and close friends. Let them know what you’re going through. Get help if you’re feeling depressed or are tempted to try drugs.
But I’m already involved..
Do not feel ashamed. NOW is the time to get the help you need. It is not a matter of self control or morality.
Drug addiction is a disease that needs to be treated.
Don’t tell yourself that you’ll do it just “one more time”.
It NEVER works.
Tell someone you trust about your problem and have that person support you throughout recovery. You will need all the support you can get.
Am I or my loved one affected ?
Common signs and symptoms of drug addiction
@You’re neglecting your responsibilities at school, work, or home
@ You’re using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high (driving while on drugs, using dirty needles, having unprotected sex.)
@Your drug use is getting you into legal trouble (stealing, disorderly behavior)
@Your drug use is causing problems in your relationships with family and friends.
REMEMBER, JUST SAY NO!