People are strange – life of a junkie

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A short film about the life of drug users..the ways in which addiction is enacted

Joel Oviie Steven wrote a song titled Life of a Junkie,the video of this song portrays how drugs n other hallucinating content have psychological effects that alters the perception, awareness and sensation of our present day youth.

There are many social and ethical issues surrounding the use and abuse of drugs. These issues are made complex particularly because of conflicting values concerning drug use within modern societies. Values may be influenced by multiple factors including social, religious, and personal views.

Youth and drugs

Young people seem to find great solace in the fact that adults often use drugs to cope with stress and other life factors. One cannot deny that many countries today are drug-oriented societies, but the implications of drug use are not necessarily the same for the adult as they are for the adolescent. The adult has already acquired some sense of identity and purpose in life. He or she has come to grips with the problems of love and sex, has some degree of economic and social skill, and has been integrated or at least assimilated into some dominant social order. Whereas the adult may turn to drugs and alcohol for many of the same reasons as the adolescent, drug use does not necessarily prevent the adult from remaining productive, discharging obligations, maintaining emotional and occupational ties, acknowledging the rights and authority of others, accepting restrictions, and planning for the future. The adolescent, in contrast, is apt to become ethnocentric and egocentric with drug usage. The individual withdraws within a narrow drug culture and within himself or herself. Drug usage for many adolescents represents a neglect of responsibilities at a time when more important developmental experiences are required. To quote one observer:

It all seemed really quite benign in an earlier time of more moderate drug use, except for the three percent who became crazy and the ten percent we described as socially disabled. Since then, however, more and more disturbed kids have been attracted to the drug world, resulting in more unhappy and dangerous behavior. Increasingly younger kids have come into the scene. Individuals who, in psychoanalytic terms, are simply lesser people, with less structure, less ego, less integration, and hence, are less likely to be able to cope with the drugs. Adolescents are at a crisis period in their lives, and when you intrude regularly at this point with powerful chemicals, the potential to solve these problems of growing up by living them through, working them out, is stopped.

Adults being drug users has important implications in terms of the expectations, roles, values, and rewards of the social order, but society as a whole does not accept drug use as an escape from responsibility, and this is a fact of fundamental importance in terms of youth. Drugs may be physiologically “safe,” but the drug experience can be very nonproductive and costly in terms of the individual’s chances of becoming a fully participating adult.

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