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 hangs out with a group of people who use drugs.
When your 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 don’t mind being around. 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 towards other people, even their family and friends.
In other cases, the addicts social circle may shrink to the point where he or she continues to abuse substances on an individual bases, with very little human contact in between. Loneliness can obviously set in, and mental health conditions like depression or social anxiety can develop.
For these reasons and more, drugs can destroy friendships. Don’t let them destroy yours! 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!