Discussion: Which Drugs Are “Acceptable” And Which Drugs Are “Real Drugs”?


It’s a pretty safe bet that most people reading this have taken a drug at some point or another. Whether it was a puff or two off a joint that one time at a house party, the adderall you might not actually have had a prescription for during finals, or a serious ecstasy habit that went swimmingly with your love of house music — drugs are everywhere. And we all have our own relationship with them, our own limits and boundaries as to what we consider to be “just having some innocent fun” and “serious drugs.” Like, if a friend were to confess to you that they went on a meth bender for a few days last week, you would probably more than a little concerned. (As someone who has walked in on a group of people doing meth, I can safely say that is amongst the less “party-looking” drug rituals out there.)

But on the other hand, if you confess to never having even tried weed, people are usually going to give you the general response of “Never? Not even once? And you’re not even curious!?” or something of the like. But between the two, where are the limits set? Do you stop at hallucinogens? Things that are natural, instead of man-made? Or is it more about the frequency and context of the use? Is MDMA okay every once in a while — only at parties? What about coke? Where do we set our personal limits about drug use (for ourselves and for those we associate with and care about), and why? TC mark

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Chelsea Fagan

Chelsea Fagan founded the blog The Financial Diet. She is on Twitter.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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