If one will trace the history of alcohol and drugs, he will probably go a long long way back in time. Both of them were used to heal people back then from different illnesses. Today, they still serve the same function but with a slight difference – they are used more frequently and recklessly than before.
Based on the records of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), there are around 6.4 million Filipino drug users nationwide. A significant percentage of it is comprised of teenagers at the age of 15-18 years old. And though it is hard to find a record on the existing number of alcoholics in the country, the daily reports from the media and internet on alcohol-related incidents can give us an estimate.
The notion of alcohol and drugs as temporary solutions to one’s problems has resulted to the destruction of many lives across the globe. Annually, around 2.5 million alcohol-related deaths are being recorded worldwide. Not to mention those that also involve drugs. It seems that the world is so cruel nowadays for people to just resort to drinking and drugs.
What drives these people to seek comfort on alcohol and drugs?
Usually, these people are those that are stressed and very much pressured by their problems and current disposition. They pour out their emotions through drinking and ‘smoking’. But it is not really alcohol and drugs that they need but friends or anyone, just anyone to talk to. Someone who could help them. Someone who is just willing to listen.
While if they are just happy and want to get drunk, still they should look into their drinking habits. too much of everything is bad.
Never see alcohol and drugs as solutions to your problems. When the effect is gone, your problem still remains. Or perhaps it even got worse. Face your problems. Drink to celebrate. Use drugs for healing only.