Drug abuse – if you knew what your life would end up looking like as a drug addict, I’m sure you’d never start. So here are some of the traps I’ve seen.
Trap #1 – You’re hooked before you know it. Some drugs instantly hook you, while others slowly pull you in.
You want to fit in. You want to be accepted by your new friends. So you take the drugs when they’re offered. After all, doing it just once won’t hurt! How could having all these good feelings be so bad?
Trap #2 – Your finances go down the drain as you now use your money to buy drugs, instead of food and other necessities.
Always seeking the next “high” or a better “high,” you are persuaded that this next hit will provide it. In fact, you’ll do anything to get the money to buy the drugs.
Trap #3 – You start doing bad things in order to feed your habit.
You find yourself doing things you never dreamed you would ever do. Things like lying to friends and family. Stealing. Selling your possessions, or someone else’s possessions. You don’t return phone calls. You avoid your friends. You lose close family relationships.
Trap #4 – You begin to bargain with God.
“God, if you’ll get me out of this mess, I’ll do whatever You want me to do.” You wait for God to miraculously cure you of your addiction. And if He doesn’t, you turn your back on God.
Trap #5 – You feel so sorry for yourself that you don’t even try to quit.
You’ve reached the bottom of your life. You think you’ll never get out of the hell hole you’re in. You listen to others tell you that since your drug addiction is a disease, you’ll never be able to overcome it, only manage it. (This is a lie, by the way!)
Trap #6 – Your body and health deteriorates.
Your body wastes away from the drugs and lack of healthy food. Your teeth begin to rot. Your face looks hollow.
Trap #7 – You now live on the streets or in a homeless shelter.