A wide variety of views here, some of it some powerful stuff. *Cracks Knuckles* Now I may get a bit ugly here, but I hope everyone understand I say this with the up-most respect, but I cannot resist being honest.
Originally Posted by WiiWouldLike2PlayPeople often become too wrapped up in themselves they often forget we are social creatures, and that our entire lively-hood is based on this social interaction. As more and more people forget this, and become too focused on there own selves the more we end up hurting ourselves - as others follow by this example and are willing to sacrifice you as they secure there own as well. The level of this varies, however it could be as simple as shrugging off the needy or a vile as to rob you blind. Point is you reap what you sow, so if you give up on the person next to you they will return you that same favor.Originally Posted by mushroomedmario
David, I really don't think there is such a thing as "naturally bad", and believe that people are naturally ignorant. People do things they so often don't realize what they are doing, and more often than not by the time they realize it (if ever) it's too late. There is such a thing as people who are socially incompatible as well to whom can and will do things if given a chance however again - STILL don't realize what they are doing to the fullest extent.Originally Posted by daviduk200
Anyone who tells you they "like to abuse drugs" is not only lying to you, but also to themselves. Most social circles based on substance abuse often go as far as to promote amongst there peers, even though it is blatantly obvious, to in sure that what they are doing is in fact socially acceptable behavior to an even greater extent. Now this may seem hard to believe, but let me elaborate first.Originally Posted by Frogger
Everyone needs an escape from reality from time to time, and we all have our "choice drugs" that we use to perform this task. Some preference to loose themselves in a good book, a movie, a video game, etc. - These are all form of escape. We escape things so we can relax or find much needed pleasure in form of leisure activities so we may be able to refocus and overcome the things that are thrown at them in life. Drug abusers do this exact same thing, except they lack the willpower or ability to overcome the problem that ails them, and more acceptable healthy means of escape simply are unable to perform at this task as well. At this point the experimentation of drugs becomes highly noted option, and soon they find that substance abuse altercates there mental capacity to the point it seems to dilute elevated stresses that they wish to escape from.
Trouble is that the human body develops tolerances and again these people require more potent drugs to achieve the high they require to escape, and you have the snow ball effect that takes so many lives. I understand that most of you was smart and not only stayed away from substance abuse, however you probably didn't have the ailments that prevented you from overcoming your problems that would make such seem attractive either.
Yes, I speak from personal experience and I am very fortunate to be alive.
Good advice, however this is a very touchy situation at hand. Being blunt and so straight forward is a common response and often met with hostility more often than not, and the best advice I could give someone is to befriend them and utilize the school counselor for recommendation. I'd advise preventing using direct names as they will want to speak directly to them and you will loose any chance of helping your beloved "sinking" friend.Originally Posted by LevesqueIsKing
Well there probably part of the problem, as people just don't realize how difficult it is to not have your mother present in your life, and some unable to cope with it. It seems that if this friend is able to become involved with "the wrong crowd" as well the father may not be applying applicable attention or taking the appropriate action to counter your friends problems.Originally Posted by MySims