You CAN be happy without drugs

“Have you experimented with drugs just to know what it feels like?” 

What if you …

  • think that all the preaching about drugs is unnecessary?
  •  feel that you can handle it?
  • like the feeling that drugs give you and feel that people who warn you against it are just missing out on how nice it really is?
  • believe that you can handle drugs – you don’t get as high or drunk as quickly as other people.
  • neglected to do something that you had to do to rather use drugs?
  • plan where and when you are going to use drugs every day and every weekend?
  • don’t want to do things with your friends who don’t use drugs?
  • sometimes cannot remember what you did when you were high on drugs?
  • need drugs to ‘forget’ about your problems?
  • lie about how far the situation has gone downhill – you might say that you only had one drink, but the truth is that you had a lot to drink and ended up drunk…… then you must think again -because drugs might have become a  problem for you. 

Drugs may feel like a quick fixbut a life without drugs is the REAL fix!

Get help here:
BADISA 021 957 7130
General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church – 012 342 0092
CAD 021 930 4472 / 939 2033
(The above offices will put you in contact with the organisation in the area you live in.)
Ramot 021 939 2033
Toevlug Rehabilitasiesentrum 023 342 1162
Welbedacht Terapeutiese Sentrum 041 367 4276/367 4245
Stabilis 012 333 7702/333 9946
SKDB 011 975 8220
SANCA 08614SANCA

You CAN be happy by making the right choices:

Make friends that you can have fun with without drugs.

Take part in sporting and youth activities.

Become involved in church or Christian organisations.

Think of ways in which you can make a difference in the life of one person in your community.

Ask for help if you need it!

Follow this plan towards happiness!

Stay away from risks:

Avoid parties and places where there will be drugs.

Make use of your real fix-plan if you have a problem or if you are upset.

Make a list of everything that you want to accomplish and think about the negative impact that drugs will have on this. Carry it with you and look at it each time you feel like using drugs.

Make your own choices – don’t let your friends make it for you.

Only you can make the choice to experiment with drugs or not.

Cope with life:

Keep the list of what you would like to accomplish and why you say no to drugs somewhere close where you can see it.

Find someone that can help you with your problems.

Talk to someone when you are sad, upset or angry.

Be careful about what others tell you is cool – make your own decisions.

Be careful where and with whom you spend time.

Choose right:

Take part in school, sport and church activities.

Spend time with people who care about you.

Decide what you want to do with your life, work hard to achieve it and celebrate your accomplishments.

Choose your friends wisely.

Choose happiness EVERY day rather than a quick fix.

What you should know about drugs: 

Drugs can either be an Upper or a Downer  

and can have a see-saw effect on you. For a while you 

will feel fantastic, but after a while you feel

dizzy and nauseous

Uppers (tik; diet pills, cocaine; ecstasy)  – It gives you a kick 

for a short period of time, but after that you will feel as if you are in a deep well

that you will never get out of – then you will need another upper to feel better and the 

cycle begins again…

Downers (alcohol; heroïn; mandrax; sleeping and pain tablets) –  It helps

you chill when you are stressed, but afterwards you will feel even more irritated and will

have to use more to become calm again …

FACT: Drugs does not make your problems go away and is not a solution. It only creates MORE problems.

 

I say  NO to drugs because:

  • I want a good job and I want to keep it.
  • I want a beautiful house and a car.
  • I want to be able to laugh and have fun without being dependent on anything in order to attain happiness.
  • I want to be a rock star/ sports star/ artist.
  • I want to be proud of myself
  • I don’t want to feel guilty about everything.
  • I want to look good.
  • I want friends to have fun with, but who are also there when I struggle.
  • I want to feel welcome in my family and community.

Think about this before you choose to use DRUGS:

  • Your friends might be with you only because you use drugs with them. They may well disappear when you get into trouble.
  •  If you use drugs, people label you a loser.
  • Addiction makes you depressed and sad, you feel guilty and despondent because you cannot stop or keep your promises.
  • At first drugs help you handle stress but with time you struggle to concentrate and remember things.
  • You don’t succeed and make no progress.
  •  You regress.
  • Your body becomes sick and weakens to a degree that never heals again.

My real fix plan:

Decide how you:

  • choose your friends.
  • take care of your body.
  • have fun.
  • handle your problems.Make a list of people that can help you:

SANCA: …………………………………………………

BADISA:……………………………………………

Any other organisation in your area dealing with youth and or drug related issues: ……………………………………………….

Pastor ………………………………………………….

Teacher: ………………………………………………

Clinic: …………………………………………………..

Doctor: ………………………………………………..

Good friend: …………………………………………

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