“Morally weak.” “A character defi ciency.”
“Lacking will power.” “Poverty stricken.”
“Uneducated.” “Mentally unbalanced.” or
“A product of a dysfunctional family”.
These are some of the popular misconceptions and stereotypes that stigmatise people who abuse substances or substancedependent people.
However; some of us either know somebody personally or might even have a family member that abuses or is dependent on a substance(s) and does not fi t any of the above descriptions at all.
That person might come from an affl uent, functional family, with loving supportive parents.
They might have attended the best prestigious schools; were top of their class; or are successful in the corporate world.
They may possess special abilities, skills and aptitudes; have a promising career; or even hold high positions and are considered leaders in the community.
Yet let him or her drink alcohol and this well balanced, sensible individual loses all common sense, will power, and the ability to control his/her consumption and behaviour, as if they were a completely different person.
This person could be you or me.
The bottom line: Substance abuse and dependency can happen to anyone, even you or me! It aff ects people from all walks of life regardless of age, race, gender, social status, economic background, religion, or lack of.
Understanding this and being armed with accurate information on the subject can put you in a better position to avoid being aff ected.
If you think that you, or someone you know, may have a problem with alcohol or other substances, please contact BOSASNet to speak to a substance abuse Counsellor.
BOSASNet services are professional and strictly confi dential.
“When you can stop you don’t want to, and when you want to stop, you can’t…” Luke Davies, from the movie “CANDY”