Men and Drug Use: The Potential Consequences of a Risky Lifestyle

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Men have used drugs since the dawn of time. There does seem to be an inherent human desire to alter our realities, and if you look at the chemical processes that take place in the brain during drug use, it’s not hard to see why. Drugs release serotonin, and that feels good.

Many men start their drug use at an early age. They might experiment with alcohol or marijuana as teenagers. They might stop there or go on to try other things.

There is nothing wrong with using certain drugs in moderation. It’s when you start getting into more dangerous drugs or overindulge that you can jeopardize your life.

Let’s talk about some different problems you might face if you go too far along this path.

You Can Get Arrested

Getting caught for drug possession is bad for you in several ways. You’ll need to pay the money to bail yourself out, for one thing. In Los Angeles, bail can cost anywhere from $25 to $1,000, but it varies in different cities and states.

At that point:

  • You’ll have to appear in court
  • You might face different charges depending on what the police caught you with, and how much

Marijuana is legal in a few parts of the country now, and getting caught with it on you in those states should not be an issue. If you have it on you in a state where it’s still illegal, then you’ll face either mild or harsh penalties depending on the locale.

Things like coke or heroin are illegal in any state, and if you’re experimenting with those drugs, you’re probably heading for trouble.

Your Work Life Can Suffer

Most employers can understand if a man wants to have a few beers or even smoke a joint on the weekend. As long as you don’t bring that sort of thing to work with you and keep that aspect of your life separate, you should be okay.

However, some employers will:

  • Conduct scheduled drug tests
  • Conduct random drug tests

It often varies according to what sort of job you have. If you’re a server at a café, then the chances of your employer drug testing you aren’t very high. If you work in a classified government facility, then they probably take things like recreational drug use much more seriously.

Your Home Life Can Suffer

There’s also a distinct difference between a little recreational partying for relaxation and a full-blown addiction problem. It can be difficult to tell when you’ve crossed that line, though.

You might not recognize addiction signs, but those in your family can tell that something is going on with you. If you cannot go a whole evening without having a drink, then that’s a problem. If you get a DUI or you tend to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, that’s also going to cause friction at home.

You owe it to your family to keep your habit under control. If you’re crossing any lines, then you need to rein yourself in and possibly seek help.

You Can Overdose

With some drugs in which men like to indulge, there’s also an overdose possibility. For instance, there is an opioid epidemic in the country right now. Some shady doctors have no problems handing out prescriptions for Oxycodone, Vicodin, or Percocet.

You aren’t supposed to take these drugs recreationally, though some people do. Some individuals like to take them with alcohol. That’s getting into dangerous territory.

These drugs are addictive, and, much like with alcohol, you might be too close to the situation to tell when you’re crossing a line. If you’re getting what should be prescription drugs and doing them recreational, then it’s easy to take too many and severely damage yourself.

Death from opioids is not uncommon, even in celebrity circles. Just look at the recent passing of Michelle McNamara, Patton Oswalt’s wife.

Again, there is nothing to say that you can’t indulge a little bit under the right circumstances. If you work hard during the week, society should allow you to have a couple of beers or enjoy a little weed on Friday night if you’re in a state that permits that.

As long as you’re responsible with your extracurricular drug use, and keep it well under control, you should be fine. If you’re taking too much, using it at inappropriate times, or dabbling in highly dangerous substances, you likely need to step back and reexamine your priorities.

Just A Guy Thing is a men's lifestyle magazine focused primarily at guys wanting to better themselves.

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