#spoileralert - it absolutely is because both mess up your brain & body exponentially
So, you know how heroin, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy and cannabis are all ‘Class A’ drugs because of their ‘considered likely to cause the most serious harm to either society or the individual’ (FRANK, 2014)?
Or maybe you didn’t & I’ve just popped in your inbox with a little fact you can use next time you’re down the local on a quiz night.
Anyways, I was watching one of those prison documentaries a while ago and it’s been niggling me since then that we are still unable to deal with the ‘drug problem’.
Especially as spice (aka the Zombie drug) has been in the news recently.
It wasn’t until this morning that it hit me – why as a society do we spend so much money on ‘fighting’ (and epically failing…) to combat the drug problem when we spend so little combatting the reasons people turn to drugs in the first place?
In 2014, 3000 people died from taking drugs of which 67% were attributed to illegal substances. During this time County Durham (up in the North East of the UK) had the highest number of deaths and they’re spending nearly £200 million a year on drug crime, NHS & employment issues (Scott. C., 2015).
If that’s one county, can you imagine how much the country is spending on this?
The number is probably so vast my unmathematical brain just broke trying to think about it…
But, back to the point in hand.
We spend all that money fighting this war on drugs because it’s so detrimental to our society, yet, we spend next to nothing on helping people overcome stress and this has even more of a detrimental effect.
Check out these stats:
Stress, in my mind, is so much more dangerous than heroin.
In order to be stressed you do not need to track down the local drug dealer.
You don’t need to ‘find’ a huge chunk of cash to get your fix.
You literally just need to wake up in the morning & go about your daily life.
The problem is, as a society we recognise that someone dabbling in heroin is going to make unwise decisions, be pretty spaced out and in general cause havoc.
Yet, we don’t realise stress does the exact same thing.
When we're in 'stress' our bodies go into autopilot. They're literally wired to re-route all the energy dedicated to keeping ‘longevity’ type functions (e.g., digestion, immune system, thinking & processing large amounts of information) going into the ‘action’ type functions (e.g., running fast, being hyper-focused and being able to lift a car).
Long term, your brain shuts down, your body shuts down & you simply can’t function.
The good news is that unlike detoxing from heroin (which I’ve heard is excruciatingly painful), having a stress detox is actually quite pleasant.
Start small, change one thing a week & build on this.
Taking consistent action in the right direction is the easiest and most successful way to overturn your stress habit & get back to actually enjoying your life.
If you’ve got no idea where to start, tried before & failed epically or you just love the idea of someone else giving you a step-by-step plan hit the button below to apply for my Intensive Holistic Therapy Programme (IHTP).
The IHTP is clinically proven to significantly reduce stress, depression & anxiety rapidly so that you can focus on effortlessly living your life to the full and not dragging yourself out of the heroin-style gutter.
I'll be right back here on the blog tomorrow sharing 'The secret to having a successful biz & happy partner' so that you can get a jump start on winning over your man/lady just in time for the summer hols.
See you then,
x Katie x
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Frank (2014). What is the drug classification system. https://www.talktofrank.com/faq/what-drug-classification-system
Forth (2018). Great Britain and Stress- How bad is it and why is it happening? https://www.forthwithlife.co.uk/blog/great-britain-and-stress/
HSE (2018). Work-related Stress, Depression or Anxiety Statistics in Great Britain 2017. http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress/stress.pdf
Scott, C. (2015). The war on drugs is a battle the United Kingdom is currently losing. Chronicle Live. https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/war-drugs-battle-united-kingdom-10021083
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