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    DEAR YOUNGER SELF:DRUGS AND ALCOHOL WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE: By Zuhaib Lone

    DEAR YOUNGER SELF:DRUGS AND ALCOHOL WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE
    DEAR YOUNGER SELF:DRUGS AND ALCOHOL WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE
    Writer: Zuhaib Lone
    DEAR YOUNGER SELF:DRUGS AND ALCOHOL WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE

    Dear Youngman,
    In just a few short years, you’ll be faced with a decision that will forever change your life.
    Your “friends” are going to encourage you to try drugs and alcohol with the promise that you
    will feel better. They aren’t lying. At first, you will feel fantastic. You will think that life
    cannot stop you; you’ll become invincible.
    In the process, you’ll slowly become a new young man. One who can’t go through a day
    without drugs and alcohol. A boy that has no interest in sports, activities or anything that
    won’t include him getting high or drunk.
    You’ll lose connection with your family that lives around you every day. Your brothers will
    become strangers and your parents will become the enemy. They will attempt to sabotage
    every ounce of “fun” you are trying to have.
    As You Get Older...It Just Gets Harder!
    You’ll decide not to pursue a college education and take whatever jobs you can get. You’ll
    make lots of friends, you can be sure of that! But…they don’t really like you. No, they like
    your money, your drugs and what you can do for them. In the times when you really need
    them, they won’t be around for you.
    You’ll engage in lots of relationships that aren’t based on love, but instead on what you can
    give one another. When they have nothing to offer you, you’ll move on. Worse yet, when
    they feel you have nothing more to give to them, they’ll desert you.
    There will be pains, great pain, and you won’t know how to cope. Drugs and alcohol will be
    needed every day just to deal with life’s smallest problems.
    You’ll spend hours waiting for your dealer to call. You’ll put off other plans or events based
    on when you can score your next high. You’ll drive around the block five times before you
    finally see him, and then you’ll watch over your shoulder constantly waiting for the cops to
    bust you.


    Jail Time…Yes, That's Your Reality!
    No matter how smart you think you are, you won’t be able to hide well enough. You will be
    caught, arrested, and you will go to jail. Problem is, you don’t fit in there and you live every
    day in fear of what is about to happen to you. There is no sleep, no peace, just fear!
    You’ll leave there sure that you’ll never make those mistakes again. It’s on to a straight life
    now, or so you tell yourself.
    Further Down The Hole
    You become a man you never knew you could be. You spend your time stealing from loved
    ones. They trust you and think you love them, but you just use them. You lie to those
    closest to you and engage in activities you never thought you’d do. All this just for drugs and
    alcohol.
    You’ll lose jobs and steal from employers. You’ll betray their trust time and time again. This
    will just cause you to feel worse about yourself; to sink deeper into the guilt and shame that
    leads to more drug and alcohol abuse.
    As I Leave You Now!
    Whatever you choose to do as you get older, remember this. As long as you are breathing,
    there is hope. You are never too far gone. There are others out there to help you. You can
    be forgiven and you can build the life you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t quit and never give
    up believing that you have the power to achieve great things.
    Dig deep and pull the strength out that you need. Live life to the fullest, remembering that
    every day you receive is a gift. It should be treasured and enjoyed. Spend time caring for
    yourself and others. Make the world a better place each and every day by your smile. You
    are only one person, but you have the power to change many lives.

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