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DRUG ABUSE

26 September 2012, 12:19
CANNABIS:  A  WARNING.
This is an abridged story of an addict who used the drug and eventually gave up his habit.:   My memory and some other faculties have suffered permanently as a result of the use of  cannabis.  I have no doubt  that for a number of people, however small a percentage, cannabis can trigger serious mental health problems. Once I started to smoke the awful stuff, that all changed and it changed very rapidly     Paranoia, depression, panic attacks - this is how my life ended up.  Most disturbing was the way my mind began to lose touch with reality.      I began to suffer from delusional ideas and would hear voices in my head. Some of the things I imagined to be real, seem completely absurd   to me now. I used to think that songs I listened to were coded messages. I used to think that god was trying to communicate with me .via car licence plates.     I believed I could speak telepathetically with people and had the ability to read their thoughts and implant my thoughts into their mind.     Eventually I ended up losing my job, I almost destroyed my relationship I had with my family. And almost driven to suicide.  With the help and support of a close relative whom I cherish dearly. I eventually stopped, the voices stopped, the paranoia stopped, the feeling of sadness and despair, all stopped and my mind returned to how it was before I ever took the ghastly stuff.     I have been married for the past 5 years and have a beautiful daughter who has just started school.  I am in full employment and also do voluntary work using my talents as an artist.  Had I still been smoking cannabis I would have none of these things, but rather I would have ended up in prison, in some sort of mental health unit or worse than that as I am sure you can imagine.2After reading the article on your blog, I feel more confident about sharing my experiences. I can relate entirely to the story told by the former cannabis user..  I am only 21 but already feel that it has had a negative impact on me- something that suggests to me that harm can be caused by the drug even with moderate or little use.  I went to a university in 2009, and a number of friends who I made there would often smoke it. In the course of around 8 months, I used it a number of times. By the time second year arrived, I suffered extreme anxiety in almost any situation, including lecture theatres, concerts and parties and was filled with dread every time I thought about the future. In the end I used beta-blockers to control the anxiety despite my doctors suggestion that I use anti-depressants. Thankfully  I  realised early that there could be a relationship  between the drug and my well-being, and as such have not smoked since the summer of 2010  the year that followed was undoubtedly the worst of my life, due to the anxiety and unhappiness I was experiencing. I regained the confidence I had lost, however, I still feel part of my life was wasted due to using the drug.     Due to the length of this article the remaining 10 lines will be posted with another user story.  Ref: A WARNING TO THE CURIOUS INTERNET 
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