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Many of the drugs commonly used in the prevention and cure of illness can impair sexual performance, as can alcohol and illicit “recreational” drugs such as cocaine... Alcohol is a brain depressant. In small amounts, it reduces anxiety and inhibition, and this may allow sexy feelings to emerge that otherwise would not be given the chance. In larger doses, however, alcohol rapidly impairs physical and mental functions, including sexual response, in both men and women. It reduces testosterone levels, and many men find it difficult to get an erection when they are drunk. Barbiturates and other hypnotic drugs have a similar action.
Antidepressant drugs have mixed effects on sensuality. They may bring back desire and sensual sensation after these have been dampened down by depression, but they also tend to impair the mechanics of orgasm. It is usually only by coming off antidepressants that a person can get his or her sexual desire, arousal, and performance fully back to normal again. (Anne Hooper in her book Ultimate Sexual Touch, pp.128-129)


A study using mice found that cocaine caused more damage to adolescent brains than to brains of adults or babies. Researchers believe that other drugs have a similar special effect on teenagers. (Nicola Morgan, Blame My Brain, p.153)

Overall, research shows that taking any drugs while the brain is still in development is bad for you. (Kurzgesagt, 7m22s, posted 10 June 2018, accessed 17 October 2020)

No drug is completely safe, even paracetamol comes with side effects.
(James Gallagher, BBC health and science reporter, posted and accessed 15 May 2014)


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The Truth About Drugs
Drugs are essentially poisons. The amount taken determines the effect.
A small amount acts as a stimulant (speeds you up). A greater amount acts as a sedative (slows you down). An even larger amount poisons and can kill.
This is true of any drug. Only the amount needed to achieve the effect differs.
But many drugs have another liability: they directly affect the mind. They can distort the user’s perception of what is happening around him or her. As a result, the person’s actions may be odd, irrational, inappropriate and even destructive.
Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones with the unwanted. So, while providing short-term help in the relief of pain, they also wipe out ability and alertness and muddy one’s thinking.
Medicines are drugs that are intended to speed up or slow down or change something about the way your body is working, to try to make it work better. Sometimes they are necessary. But they are still drugs: they act as stimulants or sedatives, and too much can kill you. So if you do not use medicines as they are supposed to be used, they can be as dangerous as illegal drugs.
(Foundation for a Drug-Free World, dated 2006-2020, accessed 31 May 2020)

Why Do People Take Drugs?
People take drugs because they want to change something in their lives.
Here are some of the reasons young people have given for taking drugs:
  • To fit in
  • To escape or relax
  • To relieve boredom
  • To seem grown up
  • To rebel
  • To experiment
They think drugs are a solution. But eventually, the drugs become the problem.
Difficult as it may be to face one’s problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve with them. The real answer is to get the facts and not to take drugs in the first place.

(Foundation for a Drug-Free World, dated 2006-2020, accessed 31 May 2020)

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I did have a big crisis that brought me into the [psychiatric] system, things from my childhood that I struggled with strongly. The [anti-psychotic] medication numbed some of the symptoms, but they also numb your own power and your own ability to deal with yourself. I lost my own story somehow.
(Mette Ellingsdalen cited at BBC, posted and accessed 19 February 2021)

Drug "pleasures" are a substitute for somatosensory pleasures [affectionate touch and body movement missed out on in infancy or adolescence].
(See James W. Prescott, Body Pleasure and the Origins of Violence, 1975; accessed online 16 June 2021)

Drug ‘therapy’ is treatment not prevention. Genetic engineering and medical drugs, unfortunately, dominate the political-social-monetary landscape for changing and controlling individual behaviour rather than changing our society and culture for changing and liberating human behaviour from the chains of our self-destruction.
(James W. Prescott, PhDHow Culture Shapes the Developing Brain and the Future of Humanity, Byron Child magazine, March-May 2004; accessed online 17 June 2021)

I’ve done irl therapy, online therapy, all kindsa meds, meditation. None of those things ever did as much for my mental health as lucking into a new job with better hours and a salary high enough to pay down my debt. (Rafi, 18 June 2021 tweet; irl = in real life)

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