Yesterday, I said that I didn’t have the energy to pursue this topic, but as I sat down to blog today, I realized that I can actually keep it pretty straightforward.
Drugs: I hate them. While I have never personally tried any type of substance, I have firsthand knowledge of the havoc that substance abuse can wreak on a person and a family. So, yeah. That’s all I have to say about that.
Alcohol: My stance on this one is a little less emphatic, but not by much.
People initially don’t believe me when I tell them that I’ve never had a drink, of anything alcoholic. Ever. And I’m 30. But it’s just something that I knew, at a young age, that I would never try.
Alcoholism runs in my family, and it has taken the lives (either directly or indirectly) of several people I love. Nothing good comes of anyone drinking to excess; I just happen to have some people in my life who may, either on occasion or as a standard, drink too much, and it alters their personalities beyond recognition. And I hate it.
My aversion to alcohol, personally, is so strong that it was one of those “differences” that I mentioned in my post about Jim. In fact, on our second (I think) date, I told him that if he wasn’t willing to give up alcohol, entirely, for me, that we didn’t have a future. And for almost 5 years he did. It was only after Jim had gone above and beyond to prove his commitment to me, and to show me that he was a man of extreme self control, that I let down my guard enough to trust him when it came to his decision to have the occasional drink.
But I digress…
I don’t judge or condemn those who drink. My parents, my friends, pretty much everyone I know drinks, to some degree. And that’s fine. It’s just not for me. I know that I have an addictive personality. I can admit I enjoy my post-c-section pain pills a little too much, and I’m a little bummed when I don’t have the pain to warrant taking them…that right there tells me that I don’t need to play with fire with any other type of mood-altering substance, be it drug or alcohol.
So, there you have it.