Have You Ever Asked:

Who Are These People Who Use Drugs?


We would like to provide you with live conversations coming from real people who are addicted to drugs or have recovered from them.  By clicking on the link below, you can listen to a recorded PodCast from Opiate Support Group by our affiliate Gail Gabbert.

There is a segment of the population who doesn’t drink or use drugs.  But many do.  A decent percentage of illegal-drug users become addicts, while many other people who use drugs, actually do so responsibly.  I’m not advocating for the use of drugs, but there is a misunderstanding about people who abuse them.

I Am Not Advocating

Drug addicts are thought of as the deviants of society.  They are believed to be total losers who should stay away from everyone else.  They are evil people who will drag you down.  They are thought to be living in crack houses or under a bridge, unemployed, school drop outs, prostitutes, or pimps.  Advanced addiction brings negative consequences, but the majority are just like everyone else.

Nowadays, they are your family members, your friends, your co-workers & neighbors.  They are everywhere and come from different walks of life.  They vary in status and life-styles.  It could be your son, daughter or grandmother.   It may be you.  It might be your best friend who succumbed to addiction while you were both ‘testing the waters’ and experimenting back in the day.  But, you did not fall victim to addiction.  Why THEM and not YOU?  Could genetic history play a major role in deciding who becomes fully addicted and who does not?  Absolutely it does among other factors.

When you think of people who use drugs, what image comes to mind?

Listen to a group of drug users talk about their perceptions of the demographics of drug use and addiction.  Click on the Link below.

Discussion Guide:

  • What kind of person comes to mind when you think of an “addict”?
  • Are they male or female?
  • What is their age?
  • Are they typically upper, middle or lower class?
  • Are rural, urban or suburban people more likely to use drugs?
  • Who is  more likely to use drugs, people who are less educated or more educated?
  • Are they more likely to use drugs if they have a family history of addiction, or have no family history of addiction?
  • Are they religious or non-religious people?
  • Are they medically healthy or medically unhealthy?


Who Are These Drug People?

( click to be take to a Page.  Then simply click on the “play” button to listen to a real discussion group of addicts. )



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