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Has society pushed us this far?

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by syrkt, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. syrkt

    syrkt Member

    Have we really come to the point in society where we are finding it necessary to essentially use performance enhancing drugs just to complete our daily tasks such as school work, etc.? At what point did we become such a competitively driven society that our own basic needs and health fall short of the need to succeed? Just as a general census, who here has taken Adderall and what were your reasons for it?
  2. juliaintheclouds

    juliaintheclouds Active Contributor

    I've never taken adderal but I know people who do. I agree that it's sad that people feel the need to use these drugs to do better whether it's for school/work/sports. I think by using these drugs they are missing out on acquiring the skills needed to improve and do better as a person. This causes an unfortunate cycle of needing the drugs to keep up the level of performance.
  3. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I think it stated when more technology came although it is good we spend more time buying things than, having to work hard to pay them off or debts and in the process neglect our health as we are thinking about having the money to pay debts. I think the school work has increased compared to what me and other children were learning in school and more standards to meet and more assignments to do at home as made some turn to drugs to help face our problems. The drugs will help out but it will cost money and, if the person has not been taking it for some time may get into a shock and also get angry or sad due to not having it.
  4. AFKATafcar

    AFKATafcar Community Champion

    While I believe that Adderall is useful for certain individuals with severe ADD/ADHD-like disorders, I also feel like the overwhelming majority of people don't need such drugs. You're essentially right about them being PEDs, just like they would be considered as such in sports. For instance, baseball players can take Adderall with a prescription in MLB, but it's considered a PED if they don't have a prescription/exemption.
  5. LitoLawless

    LitoLawless Senior Contributor

    I've never personally taken Adderall but I have friends that have taken it. I think society pushes a lifestyle more than just a drug. A drug such as Adderall is essentially what some people use to make things easier for them. There could be a multitude of situations that got them to where they are.
  6. bluedressed

    bluedressed Community Champion

    This society is becoming crazy. We work against each other instead of with each other; it's no wonder that in their bubble of individualism, people are pushed to ridiculous things. We want always something more efficient for the smallest effort -- our technology is doing most of it for us; drugs that can bring us to do the rest as efficiently are not really a surprising next step.
  7. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I think this behavior has always been present throughout history. Egyptians have been using cocaine for daily work and even doctors once used and prescribed cocaine to patients for certain ailments and just for a vitamin-like push. The most famous forefather of psychology, Freud, also consistently used cocaine to keep his mind active and it helped him achieve many theories and discoveries in how the human mind works. I personally don't ink we should be afraid of it and instead we should just study it further and bring it out of the taboo so we could talk about it more freely and therefore maybe find a better balance.
  8. orangesunset

    orangesunset Active Contributor

    When people start allowing society to dictate their lives this is what happens. The amount of social pressure now days is huge. With social media like facebook you can constantly see what your friends and other people are up to. This leads to a keep up with the Jones mentality.

    Stop letting society run your life.
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  9. elles-belles

    elles-belles Community Champion

    I think we have always had that competitive edge as people just that with the fast paced growth of everything around us we feel the need to keep up somehow. I personally have not taken Adderall but I know a few people who do and honestly I don't pass judgement on them because different people deal with tough situations in different ways. I do agree though that one shouldn't let society dictate to them.
  10. DTracy3

    DTracy3 Active Contributor

    Society has become a place where comparison, stress, high expectations, staying focused, working a lot..... have become daily things. The problem however is that no normal human can give 100% every day since we're human after all. Many drugs can temporarily improve your capacity to work while keeping you awake and concentrated, which is why they have an easier time becoming popular in a stress controlled society.
  11. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Yes, society push us too far in the sense that they give us drugs we do not need, we should go the natural way and not make the pharmaceutical industry richer.
  12. timelord731

    timelord731 Senior Contributor

    Yes, the pressures to perform in school may be pushing our children too far.
  13. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    No, I have never taken Adderall.

    I think that since technology took over we got more bound to it, and we all know that starring into a screen is not very beneficial. So we get more tired as we are using computers more and more.
  14. stariie

    stariie Community Champion

    I haven't taken Adderall, but yes, it's true, kids and adults alike are driven to succeed in this world, there are so many multi-millionaires and billionaires that are constantly talked about that people want to measure up. All one has to do is plug in to social media for 5 minutes in order to learn how rich so and so is, or how great, beautiful, and wonderful this person is.
    Adults compete with each other, many times using their kids to do it. Kids feel the pressure to out-do their peers in order to make their parents "proud" when really a lot of times it's just shallow adult parents on an ego trip trying to out do each other.
  15. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    The main issue is that we feel the need to accompany the speed that society lives at, but should be the opposite, we should slow down to more human levels, no need to act like machines because we are not.
  16. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I never even thought about the legal ones, but you're absolutely right. We probably have never had this much medication in all of history and looking at it from that angle it certainly looks a bit absurd to say the least.
  17. Shimus

    Shimus Community Champion

    Absurd. Indeed. Why else are we here, on a forum, talking about Drug Abuse and Recovery?

    Because the drugs are thrust at us in everyday life; they're even in commercials. Cialis, for when the time is right. Advil, for when the pain needs relief. Regardless of the ad campaign, they are there and being thrust at us very continuously. It's a shock not more people are addicted hardcore, even to over the counter drugs. They probably are and just don't wish to admit it because they feel it's natural due to society.

    Society is in the wrong. Sure it's nice to have medicine for virtually EVERYTHING, but we don't need to constantly be reminded of it. This will lead down a dark path.
  18. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Legal drugs aren't way better than the illegal ones, the only difference is that they have benefits as well, but the side effects many times are far worse.
  19. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    Agreed. I've heard of so any cases about people on anti depressants eventually doing something uncharacteristic. From what I can remember I think some even theorize the drugs play a major role in some people eventually committing suicide. I'm not too sure about that though since I rarely read up or research further and I only vaguely remember hearing of these factors when reading or watching about depression.
  20. romananthonysmama

    romananthonysmama Active Contributor

    I definitely think a lot of this is the pharmaceutical industry's fault. When I was a child, I was "diagnosed" with ADHD. And by diagnosed, I mean, they sat me in front of a computer and had me push the spacebar whenever I saw a certain letter. I highly doubt that is an accurate test.

    They put me on Adderall, and I felt like I was speeding. I would stay up all night, clean the house, do homework constantly, etc. Of course my teachers thought it was great, aside from the insomnia. I would never put my child on that drug after experiencing it. By the way, a few years later, they wiped the diagnoses, so that should say a lot.