Drugs as social phenomena

In general, except for cases of white slavery, nobody is forced to consume drugs. It is the lack of values and of a sense of living what leads to self-destruction. Or it can be an excessive family, academic or social strictness that goes beyond the person’s possibilities. We can have heroin, coke, weed or hashish at our reach but it doesn’t mean that we have to consume them.

It is within families, formation centers and the atmosphere in general where the causes that ought to be considered are found. Why do some youngsters become drug addicts? Does everyone who has consumed a drug at some point forcefully become a drug addict? It’s a fallacy to argue that because most drug addicts smoked cannabis one time, hashish or marihuana are the cause of drug addiction, or that everyone who has smoked weed one day will become an addict. Most drug addicts drank coffee or condensed milk one day or went to catechism in their church and these were not the causes of their disgrace.

Examples that prove the opposite abound: give a youngster a sense to his life, wake up his self-esteem, accept him in his reality, welcome him and make him feel necessary, help him transform the criteria that have deformed him and see how he discovers the joy of life.

Confusion in the analysis of the causes and of the effects of drugs must stop us from falling into simplifications such as “nothing happens to orderly people”, or “if we get rid of drug dealers, the problem of drugs comes to an end.”

Some parents that suffer from this ill in their family and some politicians attack the acquired freedoms and make them the cause of present ills. How are they able to ignore their part of responsibility in some aspects of the problem?

If it weren’t drugs it would be consumerism or other forms of alignment through dependencies to palliate the real causes of that rejection of society, family or themselves that signify the loss of self-esteem, dignity and identity.

One of the main causes of the escape from reality through drugs is insecurity, fear and the lack of self-acceptance, starting by one’s own body.

The human being that doesn’t accept or love himself cannot develop a self-esteem that makes him responsible and free to live in a coherent way.

José Carlos Gª Fajardo
Translated by Carlos Miguélez

This article was published in the Center of Collaborations for Solidarity (CCS) on 04/26/2004