Why people start dealing drugs and how to get away from this lifestyle.
When a person uses drugs over a long time period, their lifestyle will inevitably destroy their ability to be responsibe. Their earning potential in the job market will sharply decline and a steady paycheck will dwindle to zero. The family finds that the person (who is addicted) cannot seem to hold or find a job. There are many factors in this but here we take a look at the most prevalent ones that lead someone to becoming a drug dealer in order to support their habit.
- It is incredibly hard to maintain any type of real schedule when you’re constantly trying to stay high and avoid withdrawal. The domination, power, force and control of the motivation over the addit’s life cannot be overstated. Drugs change an addict’s life, viewpoint and values quickly. ultimately, they reach the point of “I don’t care about anything” and then things really get out of control, going from bad to worse. The user starts feeling lower and lower; they need another dose to “feel normal”. This is so powerful that all other cares and concerns get put on the back burner or simply forgotten.In this state it’s hard (if not impossible) for a user to live up to their obligations. Things like showing up on time to work, school or family functions get lost in the haze. The biggest reason drug users get fired from a job is for not showing up to work, a no call/no show. While most people might fear the possibility of losing their source of income, a drug user has only to take another hit to make it all go away. Thus the incomprehensibility and irrationality of an addict’s life begins to make sense to the observer.
- They need money to support their habit. When someone uses drugs they become immersed in the illicit, underground, street economics of drug distribution. It’s easy for them to see that doing a favor for their dealer equals more free drugs. Even that has its limits though and soon it becomes harder and harder to stay away from the idea of selling “just a little bit” to get by. Over time, that little bit becomes more and more until they are walking around with criminal possession and distribution charges.
- “I can make more money in a week than I could in a month at my old job.” Here is one of the big reasons people become drug dealers. Selling drugs can bring in large profits. It can also keep a person stocked with drugs, thus increasing their habit. The lure of drug dealing would seem to be easy money. The possibilities of making hundreds to thousands of dollars a week, with no set hours and no time clock and limitless drugs can be a powerful motivator. Looks like the ultimate be your own boss scheme to an addict in in financial trouble.
These things can be very powerful motivators indeed to someone with the ever present need to get high just to feel normal. Couple that with not having a conventional job and drug dealing seem like the perfect way to live. The fact is drugs are illegal and the sale of them is considered a serious crime. There is no legal recourse for drug dealers when transactions go awry. There is no better business bureau for the narcotics trade. Dealers are left with street justice and the laws of the jungle when it comes to ensuring that business deals are successful.
This means violence and mayhem one normally would see in a horror movie is the standard operating procedure for collecting debt and ensuring compliance. That and the ever present fear of being arrested or “dimed out” by a close friend who is looking for a way out of serious charges makes for a miserable and very dangerous lifestyle.
Someone who has been dealing drugs like this may be averse to getting help because of:
- Criminal charges – Drug possession, theft, breaking and entering, assault, felony evasion, DUI and other more common charges like driving on a suspended license, speeding, disorderly conduct, etc. can pile up on the user. They can be facing huge fines, community service and jail or prison time.
- Debt – Users are frequently “fronted” or given drugs on the condition that they pay the dealer at another, set time. This is normally how new dealers get the product they need to start selling. If a user begins selling in this manner they can quickly accrue a large debt to their dealer. If this goes unpaid they face punishments limited only by their dealer or his supplier’s imagination. This is obviously a great source of fear for the addict/ dealer and a strong motivator to keep going in the pursuit of enough money to get right and pay off their debts.
- Addicts who have become dealers often fear retaliation from those they owe money to, those they sell to and from the authorities if they were to leave and seek treatment. They feel a certain kinship with the ones they provide drugs to and do not wish to hurt them by leaving them high and dry. It is also a common fear that the police will come looking for them to try and force them into cooperating in various drug related cases they may have knowledge of.
We understand this at Narconon® Colorado and have the resources to help a person through many types of legal situations. We also understand the fear of retaliation by former dealers, suppliers and others they may have crossed during their drug use. Here at our Colorado center we offer a safe, secure environment that is away from negative influences or aggressive attacks. We keep all information confidential so the person is free to get healthy and work through their addiction without anything hanging over their head.
Weather a person was a drug user or actually a dealer, we have the knowledge and resources to help them confront life and start making positive changes. We can help get the person out of the depths of drug use and into a new, positive life.