The Cornerstone of an Addicted Society

      Drug use falls in two categories: I) Drugs for physical problems and II) Drugs to alter one’s emotional or mental state.

      Physical problems are addressed by many over-the-counter substances and by prescription drugs, such as antibiotics, vaccines, anesthetics and painkillers.

      Drugs to alter one’s emotions or consciousness include alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other painkillers, LSD and methamphetamines.

      Alcohol, tobacco and marijuana – sometimes called the “gateway drugs” because their abuse opens the door to other substances – fall into the second category, as do most street drugs.

      The drug most frequently chosen to alter emotions or consciousness is alcohol. The cornerstone of the drug problem, alcohol is what addicts usually revert to when other drugs become unavailable. It lies at the bottom of an addicted society.


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