Before I found NA, I thought I had my habit under control. I thought could use when I wanted to and still maintain a normal life – well, kinda normal.
You might have heard, “Boys will be boys.” While this sentiment may be common, it does not reflect the very real dangers that impact our young men, their families, and our communities. Beginning in high school, and sometimes even earlier, young adults compel one another to try new experiences, including illegal drugs and alcohol.
When we imagined what it would be like to be a parent, substance abuse was not in our minds. It is not something you can prepare for, but once it has impacted your family, things will never be the same. How does having a loved one with substance abuse issues impact the family?
Despite its long-standing reputation as a highly-addictive drug, millions of Americans from every socio-economic layer have now become acquainted with the deadly effects of heroin. Because heroin use is so widespread, it is important that we become familiar with its signs, and understand how to proceed if we should encounter it. Here are the essential facts:
Nearly every young adult will have the opportunity to experience an altered state. Those who feel secure, and are opposed to using drugs or alcohol, will decline. Many more will join the crowd and experiment with the mind-altering flavor of the week. Some will enjoy it and make it a regular habit. And, too many of them will later find that their lives have forever been altered by addiction.