As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
I wanted to take the time to reflect upon my previous thoughts. I wondered about the teen use of street drugs, mixed with the complexity of hearing about the health benefits of weed / marijuana. The complexities arise when their is mis-use, mixing with other substances, and of course the ultimate line is the fact that it is also an illegal act if you are under age. So once again we have to think: Experimentation is going to happen, but when we enforce rules, regulations, laws, what happens to the teens? We are actually pushing those who we love, away from us. At times when there is conflict, we have to think of ways to pave for loving kindness, continue to find ways to validate, educate, have open conversations about the consequences, and sometimes it will be a case of tough love.
They always say prevention is better than a cure; and if we are lucky enough, early interventions can and will result only to experimentation, and reduce long-term uses that will lead to addictions. As I thought about the speech by President Trump regarding drugs and opioids, I was glad that he is taking active steps to alert the public, but I myself am not for the death penalty. Anyone who is willing to make change to their lives, alter behaviour should be provided with this support. However, it also depends upon the severity of harm, and how actions of certain groups or individuals are a source of harm to others. There is only so much blanketing parents, caregivers, and educators can do. If experimentation does lead teens to understand for themselves the harm that they are causing to the self, then this will also serve as learning, growth, and development for them.
With regards to medicating those who are addicted to drugs, to help deal with the addictions, I myself would have to read and learn more about the drugs. Have their been studies done? What were the effects? What are the side effects? Medicating should always, always be the last resort. Sometimes its just a matter of a placebo. The brain is given the same sort of satisfaction. Support groups, keeping conversations open, as well as educating are also good ideas for early interventions. With regards to those who are heavily addicted there are ways to heal without the use of drugs: such as DNA Trauma Therapy, but these are not as readily available to the public because they are not FDA approved. Early interventions, teen use has also aroused a conversation at the national level, because getting access to street drugs, drug abuse is a slow, silent epidemic that deserves attention. Sometimes it is also a matter of taking away the stereotypes, stigma, and prejudices, and seek ways to fill humans with the love and support they need to get through and heal.