maro Lip Schtick: Just say nop

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Just say no

A couple of friends and I were talking generally about people we know who have gotten into the drug scene during the years.

I told them that I couldn't understand what the hell people were thinking when they get involved with drugs. "Nothing good ever comes from being hopped up on the goofball," I cited.

One of the friends replied, "Yeah, but you can't really be judgmental about it because you never went through the 'experimental phase' that a lot of people have."

This made absolutely no sense to me.

Wouldn't it stand to reason that I can be judgmental about this, since I never tried drugs (even "experimentally") only to turn around and bitch about how bad they are?

I mean, I know that being judgmental is not typically considered a good trait ...

... but neither is being a hypocrite.


Blogger Helen said...

I'm sure it a very direct response to this:

"Nothing good ever comes from being hopped up on the goofball,"

I mean, how do you know nothing good ever comes from it if you've never done it. I'm not really sure though what you mean by "the goofball". But I suppose if I'd done "the goofball" and someone I knew hadn't, I wouldn't think they could say one way or another what I got out of it.


8:03 PM  
Blogger LilRed said...

Helen - Hey gal! Good points, as always!

8:50 PM  
Blogger Lady Godiva said...

My foray into the drug scene began and ended one funky evening when a guy offered me his "special brownies." It was a summer during college back in the 70s and he brought them over to share with me and my roomies. I didn't want to hurt his feeling by telling him they were the worst tasting brownies I'd ever eaten... Thinking he'd used way too much baking soda to get that awful burnt taste. Yes, being ever so polite I ate the whole thing and he managed to sit there with a straight face until I finished before informing me that he hoped I enjoyed the hash. Of course, those were my art major days when I entertained the gang by wearing decorative roach clips in my long dark hair until one of the more protective of my male friends ripped it out of my hair and explained exactly what was and how it was used. Geez, I was really naive.

Have to say a few years back when I did have to use some high dosage painkillers for awhile I discovered what it's all about. Found a nice "floaty Place" that I rather enjoyed visiting. Occasionally I will have thoughts of wanting to go there again, but alas I'm far to interested in saving those pills for the times I really need them for back pain. My guess is others go there to kill the pain and eventually can't come back. They may have a pain that isn't necessarily physical.

BTW, I absolutely love the gas at the dentist... but unfortunately I haven't needed dental work in several years. Guess I should give up flossing.

9:17 PM  
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9:24 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

People who are trying to medicate some kind of psychic pain are sort of understandable, I guess, although the track records of the long-term effectiveness of mood-altering substances since the beginning of human civilization should be something of deterrent.

People who are just getting high (or loaded, or whatever) for the fun of it, though, without considering the human (and lately, canine) cost of the process that brings them their buzz, could use a nice, tall glass of clue.

9:59 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

Well, what makes one person go through an experimental phase when others don't?

It's not like you were genetically engineered to stay on the straight and narrow. It has nothing to do with upbringing since people from all walks of life have fallen prey to drugs. So your comment about people who experiment wasn't an attempt to judge them. You were just expressing your opinion. I think everyone is entitled to do that once in awhile.

Though we bloggers tend to do that way more than others but that's neither here no there.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous The Incurable Insomniac said...

Besides which, this is your blog and you can say whatever you damn well please. If people don't like it, they don't have to come here. But then, this is an issue I'm dealing with at the moment on my blog.

Coming of age in the late 60s, I went through my experimental phase. I can't say it hurt me, but I wouldn't want to go through it again although I did learn a lot spiritually.

Now, wine? Different story!

11:00 PM  
Blogger The Scarlett said...

I, too, didn't go through the experimental phase. I made the judgement that is was expensive and addictive. I made the judgement that I didn't want to either steal, sell my body or sell drugs to support a habit. I made the judgement that I didn't want to risk damage to my body while on drugs.

And as far as medicating pyschic pain ... I've had psychic pain. Having been raped, having had cancer, having had anorexia, having lost both my parents, having had a divorce, having a special needs kid ... yeah, that's some serious pain right there ... and I'm not an especially strong person. But I got some damn help 'cause I at least understood that adding a drug addiction to that toxic cocktail of my life wasn't going to do me any good.

9:35 AM  
Blogger LilRed said...

This is what I love! Healthy dialogue among friends. You all KICK ASS!

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Nettl said...

I was never interested in even trying drugs, ever. I don't know if it's that I just didn't need to be high or what. The first time I ever got drunk, I hated the feeling. Even to this day I don't even like the feeling of being buzzed by alcohol. It makes me dizzy and light-headed and I feel like I want to puke.

I tried pot for the first time a couple of years ago (when I was 43) and I didn't get it. What is the big frikkin deal? All it did was make me choke and sputter and I didn't like the way it made my clothes smell. YUK!


8:47 AM  
Blogger T said...

Experimental phase... yeah, right... like we're a bunch of pothead scientists.

I never "experimented," but I did "dabble" during my college days.

I think some people just believe, at certain points in their lives, that they are indestructible or that there won't be any true consequences.

It's not "experimenting," it's just stupid decision making that, for some, once those decisions are made, it's difficult to turn back.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Have I been banned from this site? I really am a nice person, but my comments never show up. (Of course, this one probably will..and I don't know if that is good or bad...)

9:31 PM  
Blogger LilRed said...

Jan - You have definitely not been banned ... I'm not sure why your comments are not showing up. But please, try again in the future!

10:37 AM  

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