On the 14th of February we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. We have therefore decided to look at substance abuse and romance.
Single, and sometimes even married, people go out to nightclubs and drinking spots to find romance.
When looking for a lasting relationship remember that not everyone you see at the club is looking for the same.
Some people are just looking for a one night stand or someone to take advantage of.
Date rape is a common occurrence in Botswana and it usually happens when people are intoxicated.
When under the influence of substances, our inhibitions are low and we may end up taking risks and doing things that we may not normally do.
Alcohol and some drugs also make us more emotional; for example, there is something called “looking at people through beer glasses” whereby someone who is usually not so attractive starts to look more attractive when you get more under the influence, or if they buy you drinks or drugs.
Therefore, making important decisions about our lives while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is not advisable.
Some people take substances to improve their confidence in order to be able to approach the opposite sex.
Instead of taking cover under the use of substances, find other ways of improving your confidence. It may be finding out why you lack confidence and work on it.
Take care of yourself this February so that you do not end up with relationships that end up in abuse, dishonesty, neglect, heartbreaking humiliation, fear, or abandonment.
If you think that you might be dealing with a substance abuse issue, or if you have a friend or family member who does, we encourage you to seek help. For some, it can mean the difference between life and death.
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