Alyxandria Fandel: Unpopular opinion: Weed isn’t a gateway drug. Alcohol isn’t a gateway drug. Nicotine isn’t a gateway drug. Caffine isn’t a gateway drug.

Trauma is the gateway. Childhood abuse is the gateway. Molestation is the gateway. Neglect is the gateway. Rape is the gateway.

Drug abuse, violent behaviour, hypersexuality, self harm (etc) are often the symptoms (not the causes) of bigger issues. and it almost always stems from a childhood filled with trauma, absent parents, and abusive family.

But y’all too busy laughing at the homeless, the crackheads, and meth addicts to realize that your own kids could he in their shoes in 15 years.

Communicate. Empathize. Rehabilitate.

Holy shit this is deep. My mom was an absent parent. I ended up homeless for a complete year and as much as I hate to admit it, was hooked on a particular drug (spice) for 2 years…

Even though I lived in the suburbs and never had to really wonder where my next meal was, I was spoiled, and yet in love, I was poor.

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