Social Consequences of Using Drugs
Using drugs can cost you your friends and force you to give up the activities you enjoy.
You Lose Your Friends
If you think that drugs won’t affect your relationship with your friends, think again.
At first your friends might not be bothered by your drug use, although they may not want to use them. After a while though, that may change. They may want to do other things while you want to use drugs. And they might not enjoy your company while you’re high and they’re not.
Also, they may not want to associate with someone who uses drugs, or hang out with a group of people who use drugs.
When you’re high or getting high, you won’t be able to do things with your friends like gaming, sports, going to the movies, skateboarding, or just hanging out. Instead of spending time with you, your friends will choose to be with people who like to do those things.
Pretty soon you’ll be spending more time alone or with other people who use drugs. They’re the ones who you don’t mind being around. They don’t pass judgment, and besides, now you have more in common with them than with your old friends. They “understand” you better.
You may even start lying and stealing to pay for your drug use. No one wants to be around someone like that!
Drugs can also cause users to become paranoid about their relationships, like thinking that their friends are turning against them. Drug users may even become aggressive and violent toward other people, even their family and friends.
For these reasons and more, drugs can destroy friendships. Don’t let them destroy yours!
You Get Kicked Off the Team
Abusing any drug, whether to try to enhance your performance, improve your physique, handle pain, deal with stress, or for recreational purposes, will contribute to the end of your sports career. It will also cause problems with your health and overall ability to perform in the long run.
Sports places physical and mental demands on your body and mind, and so do drugs. When you’re active, your body adapts to provide you with the support you need. Your heart may be pumping more blood to supply oxygen to your muscles, or your brain may be helping to maintain your body temperature, coordinating your movements, or making sure you’re alert. Your body works to coordinate all these actions so that you perform your best. If you add drugs into the mix, you are changing this process.
Drugs affect your breathing, heart rate, muscles, concentration, coordination, senses, pain level, and brain activity. They interfere with your body’s normal process and response systems. The drugs also affect your judgment and decision-making capabilities.
If your physical and mental capabilities are reduced, your performance will be as well. It will drop the level you play at. You will make more mistakes, affecting both you and your team’s outcome.
In addition, high schools, colleges, and professional athletic teams have rules that a player must follow in order to be a team member and play. Most, if not all teams have strict rules about drug use and related activities— it is not allowed and if caught, there are penalties—from getting suspended to no longer being able to participate in the sport.
Whether you use illegal drugs, abuse prescription drugs, or performance enhancing drugs, in the long run, none will pay off the way you want them to!