The Atlanta Recovery Center Drug Rehab of Georgia has embarked in a campaign of drug education to stem the growing tide of drug abuse and drug addiction in the community.
“We know that knowledge is the best weapon against drug abuse,” states Mary Rieser, Executive Director for The Atlanta Recovery Center Drug Rehab in Georgia. “The basic facts presented help children make correct decisions. The message really is that life without drugs is fun.
“These are some of the things we teach kids so they won’t get addicted to drugs.”
When dealing with addictive drugs, the following points should be kept in mind:
All Drugs Are Poisons
All drugs are basically poisons. The amount which you take is what decides how it affects you. A small amount is a stimulant. A larger amount is a sedative. An even larger amount acts as a poison and can kill you. This is true of ANY drug. Each has a different amount. Caffeine in coffee for example two or three cups stimulate. Ten would probably put a person to sleep. 100 cups would probably kill him.
All Drugs Affect the Mind
When a person thinks of something, he gets a picture of it in his mind. These “mental pictures” are very easy to see for yourself. If you close your eyes and think of a cat, you will get a picture of a cat. The mind takes 25 pictures every second, and files them away to solve problems in life. Normally, when a person remembers something, the mind is very fast and information comes to him very quickly from the pictures in his mind.
But the drugs blur the pictures. They make the pictures dull and cloudy. This causes “blank spots” in the mind. When a person tries to get the information through all this blurry mess, he can’t do it. Drugs make a person seem slow or stupid. This can cause him to have failures in life. And when he fails in life, what does the person want more of? DRUGS!
People Take Drugs to Get Rid of Unwanted Feelings
Anyone who takes drugs does it to get rid of some pain or unwanted feelings, including boredom. To understand why someone takes drugs now, you need to know what was wrong before he or she took them. He may have had some pain. He may have wanted to feel happier. The drugs were a temporary solution to the unwanted feelings. To get a real solution, the person would have to fix what was causing the problem in the first place.
When a Drug Wears Off, the Person Wants More
When any drug wears off, the pain or other feeling that went away comes back harder than before. If someone had a problem that made him want to take drugs… let’s say he is “too nervous” to talk to anyone at a party…
He might take a drug to help him relax.
When the drug wears off, the feeling of nervousness is worse than before…and he wants MORE of the drug to calm himself.
This person’s problem talking to people won’t go away until he does something about his shyness and finds out he CAN talk to people, with or without drugs.
Alcohol is the Most Used Drug of All
Alcohol is a drug. Like any other drug it is poisonous to the body. Like other drugs, alcohol uses up vitamins in your body so you feel tired or sick after drinking it. This is what causes a “hangover”.
The body needs vitamins to stay alive. If you don’t eat a healthy diet, you may not get the vitamins you need. This can cause you to feel tired, or even sick.
Any time you take drugs, they burn up some of your body’s vitamins. If you take enough drugs later you’ll feel bad or get sick. So you take more to feel better but the problem gets WORSE.
By working with these facts, children can decide not to take drugs and live a free and happy life.
For more information on drug addiction rehabilitation or drug education, call The Atlanta Recovery Center of Georgia at 1-877-236-8981.