Reject the use of Alcohol and Drugs

[May 3, 2022]  Find a substitute for alcohol and drugs, and never smoke anything.  Reject their use.  Ask where you will be in 5 years and find your adventure.

Instead of starting with the obvious advice that you should avoid alcohol, drugs, and smoking or quit if you are using, I will begin with an important question.  What benefits do we get from indulging in these drugs (alcohol, drugs, and smoking)?  Especially alcohol, how can we avoid something that has become so commonplace and acceptable, encouraged, and a mark of high fashion?

We might ask first why do people use drugs?  If you use them, the question is “stupid:” because the answer is in front of you.  Using drugs is fun and chic and exciting.

The problem is that drug use has negative consequences.  Use is terrible for your health and especially if you abuse them and allow them to motivate your behavior.  Drugs destroy you on every front; terrible hangovers, failed relationships, lost jobs, trouble with the law, destroyed motivation, and cancer or liver disease.   You are likely to suffer greatly and die prematurely.  It screws up your life.

And these drugs will prevent you from learning those skills you need to have in social circumstances.  Taking drugs will make the bad things in our life for worse.  Interestingly, drugs will destroy between 5 and 10 percent of the population.

A better question to ask ourselves is, what in our life is better than alcohol, drugs, and smoking?  We need a meaningful alternative to drugs, a better substitute.  One could be your need to discover what is in your life that is worth not having bad health and premature death.

Lay out for yourself those disadvantages of drug use, be honest about them, and then when you see what will happen if you continue down that path, the choice becomes more apparent.  So, what is better?  That better choice can be a meaningful adventure, the instinctive need to live on the edge and discover the unknown.  Replace expedient drug use with something more adventurous that serves you better, then the choice of not using drugs will be easier.

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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26 thoughts on “Reject the use of Alcohol and Drugs

  1. Army Captain

    This is a tough one even while you find a substitute to alcohol and drugs. Once hooked, I have found it impossible to save them.

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  2. Max Foster

    Gen. Satterfield, you’ve hit onto something that is boiling up in America and I know in other parts of the Western world. Use of these ‘drugs’ are extremely attractive and most of us know enough and are physically able to tolerate drugs and alcohol. But there is a subset of the population that becomes addicted (for whatever reason) and are sucked into a cycle of dependency. That is horrible and there is no easy answer. Legalizing all drugs, however, is not the solution.

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    1. Mikka Solarno

      Is this a debate between freedom and govt law? How far out on the moral limb are we willing to travel?

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  3. Janna Faulkner

    Hey folks did you hear that the US Supreme court is set to possibly overturn Roe vs Wade, the old decision that made abortion legal in America. Great news if it is true.

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      1. Lady Hawk

        … and Gen. Satterfield has more articles in his Daily Favorties. But overturning this older supreme court ruling would not make abortions illegal, I think, it would send it back to the states where, IMO, it belongs. Altho, all abortions are bad. Change my mind!

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        1. KenFBrown

          I agree that abortions are bad. If there were a way to solve this problem, we would have done so. This is where morally runs head-on into the law and morality lost.

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          1. Nick Lighthouse

            Yep, let’s wait and see. The fallout on this issue is BIG. Just wait. The progressives will be WILD about this leaked draft (which is unprecedented).

          2. rjsmithers

            I agree with the tone of what is written here, abortion is inherently bad. Period. There are exceptions but they are rare. Today, that “rare” is taken as a right. In other words, reject responsibility, the government says I’m okay, you’re okay. ha ha ha ha ha

    1. Frank Graham

      “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes in the 98-page draft opinion, obtained by the outlet.
      The opinion rejects the 1973 decision that guaranteed constitutional protections for abortion rights as well as the subsequent Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision in 1992.

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      1. Colleen Ramirez

        Let’s only hope that it’s true. ✔ I’ll be praying for it.

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  4. Emma Archambeau

    Another great article, well done, Gen. Satterfield. I’ve been really enjoying your website for a long time now.

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  5. British Citizen

    I don’t think legalising drugs is the way to go. The kids start with the mild drugs and slowly go to the harder stuff.

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  6. Commie Red

    All drugs, regardless, should be legal. You are only suppressing the poor when you make it illegal. We are smart enough to understand that the laws don’t work.

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    1. Plato

      Those politicians who are for legalizing drugs (that have no useful medical purpose) are only interested in pandering to the leftists in their political party and getting tax money and donations from those who use drugs.

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  7. Valkerie

    General Satterfield, thanks for another great article. I wish that people would read closely what you wrote becuase it gives a good idea why people do drugs and why they are not likely to give them up unless they can find an alternative that is betterr.

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      1. Tom Bushmaster

        If they are not harming other people, the government has no right to restrict what consenting adults do in their personal lives. It is the right of every individual to decide whether to take drugs. The taking of drugs is a “victimless crime” where only the user is taking any risk.

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    1. Bryan Z. Lee

      Good point Valkerie. The gateway drugs are the most dangerous in the long run.

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  8. Harry Man

    I noticed that Gen. Satterfield did not say “illegal” drugs and uses only the term drugs. A bit vague but I think the reason is that with the US legalizing so many previously illegal drugs, there still remains a great danger for those that are legal. Just my thinking.

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    1. Karl J.

      You’re right Harry, like marijuana. I predict more mind-altering drugs will become legal over the next decade. I’m torn personally on the legalization because it gives the weak members of our society an easy way out.

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    2. Boy Sue

      If the answer was easy, we would have figured it out by now. Discussing it openly is a good idea. That is why freedom of speech is so important. Note that one side is always trying to shut down free speech because they know their arguments are losers. Progressive Democrats have a losing argument on almost everything.

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