6/16/17

Drugs in YA

      I'm sorry I didn't post yesterday like I had said. The internet service decided to take the day off.

      Welp, anyway, y'all have voted, and drugs it is. But don't worry everyone else, I will cover the other issues in the near future.



      Drugs. It's such a touchy topic in YA, unfortunately, many authors don't seem to realize that. Maybe it's just me, but I get really mad when I read a book that glorifies or doesn't call drugs out for what they are. But I've seen lives torn apart by this, and I hate it when I read a book where the author praises this lifestyle.

     Teens just a few years older than me go to juvie, their futures ruined.
     CPS takes children away from parents, because the parents loved drugs more than their flesh and blood.
     Girls go into prostitution because they got hooked.
     People literally can die from this.
     Lives are ruined by this.
     
     And then I'm reading some books and the writer is just like, “Drugs are fun!” and I'm always here like, okay, near the end of this book she'll show the results of this lifestyle, and the writer doesn't. IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY. LIKE HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED A FAMILY MEMEBER, A FRIEND, OR MAYBE YOURSELF GO DOWN THIS PATH? No? THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T CALL IT “FUN”. Just a thought. Go to a juvenile prison, a actual prison, become a foster parent, and then you can come back and call it “fun” if you want. But I doubt you will, because then your ignorant self will realize, hey, this isn't fun for anyone.
      It's like if I never had any family members who died from smoking (my grandmother and my step great grandmother both passed from lung cancer, at least we think so, they were smokers). But let's just pretend that no one I knew was a smoker, that I'd never even really met a smoker or done any research on smoking and I wrote a book with the message, “Smoking is fun! Smoking is cool! There's nothing wrong with smoking!!!”
    Do you see how stupid that is? I know absolutely nothing about smoking, I can't say that it's fun and there's nothing wrong with it. Let's go ask someone who's trying to get rid of their smoking addiction if smoking is fun. Or someone dying from lung cancer because they were smokers. Or someone who watched family members die because they were smokers. Or people only in their thirties looking like their in their sixties because they are or were smokers.

     Now, why don't you writers who blatantly call drugs “fun” in your books go ask some of the sixteen year olds sitting in juvie if drugs are “fun”, or foster children who were torn away from their parents because they couldn't get over their addictions if drugs is “fun”, go ask a hooker if drugs are “fun”. Go ask an eight year old who is being neglected and who is watching their mom throw away both of their lives because she loves drugs more, if drugs are “fun”.

    I don't think these authors realize how stupid and inconsiderate their books are, and someone needs to stop them. This needs to stop. Luckily, no one is immortal (thank goodness, right? Not that they're going to die, but that we have a chance to fix the past mistakes with the present). And we are the next bestsellers, so I'm asking you, don't mis-represent drugs. It's not fun. It's not funny. It's horrid.


Books that I think represent drug abuse the right way:

  • Ellen Hopkin's book, Crank. It shows a young woman’s slow descent into a life of drugs and prostitution. It is very heartbreaking, and I would warn people that it has a lot of very explicit scenes, that I decided to skip (I do get it, she's a prostitute, I just don't want or need to read that). And it has a lot of language. Honestly, I wouldn't recommended this book to most people, just because of it's nature and bluntness. But if you want a read that tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the drugs, look no farther.


  • Terri Blackstock's Intervention series. Unlike Crank, these books are Christian. There is no language and no scenes. And while still being blunt, it's way more PG.
In this book series it shows a mother trying to save her daughter from slowly killing herself with drugs. Finally at her last resort, Barbra Covington decides to have an intervention, and she hires an interventionist to take her daughter Emily to a drug treatment resort. Emily finally agrees and she and her interventionist leave to go to another state to the resort, but it goes all wrong when Emily's interventionist is found murdered and Emily is nowhere to be found. Barbara and her fourteen year old son set out with a detective in hope's of finding Emily. Barbara is certain that Emily would never kill someone even for drugs, and she fears that something awful happened to Emily…
      Obviously, I liked this book series way more than Crank. I first read it when I was twelve and a lot of it flew right over my head, but I re-read it last week and it was SO GOOD. I LOVED IT SO SO MUCH. Seriously, y'all need to read this, not only is it warning about drug abuse, but it's a Christian mystery/thriller. A must read for any Christian, or just anyone in general, you don't need to be a Christian to fall in love with this story. 


       We have one more rebellious post this week! But let me know if you did one and I somehow missed it!!!





What do you think about drugs in YA?

What are you doing this weekend?? (I'm going to see Wonder Woman, today).
Will you read Intervention? You should! ;)


Happy Writing,




36 comments:

  1. I mention drugs in my writing, but it doesn't glorify it. It shows how you are affected and how the people around you are affected. I hate those movies shows that say, "Oh, drugs will make you feel better and your life will be completely better after you start takin' 'em." ----I've got news for you. Sure it makes you feel better...for maybe a day. But then...(yes there is a then) you want more. Then you let yourself have more and more until you're addicted. Then you can't stop. It makes you feel better for a little while, but then when it wears away and you're back to your regular self, you don't want your "regular life" anymore. You want the drugs. But little do you know, you're actually slowly killing yourself and digging your grave. Drugs aren't just physical. They're spiritual. When you give into drugs, you invite the enemy into your life. It's like saying, "Okay, Satan, I'll do what you've been tempting me to do". Then it's telling the enemy that you've listened and invited them into your life to intervene. *THS MAY SCARE THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE FRAGILE MINDS SO DON'T READ ON IF THE SPIRITUAL SCRES YOU* ----I know people who have told me that when you take drugs it isn't just a physical thing. They say that when they've taken pictures, there are eyes int heir eyes. They invited a demon to come in and to tempt them further. They ignored God and listened to the enemy. Then, it's like you aren't even yourself anymore. This may sound far fetched, but this is true. The spiritual world is true. God has his angels and Satan also has his fallen angels (demons). They both work for their masters, but Satan's angels tempt you and try to get you to fall with them. They know their burning future and they know it'll come, but they want to take down as many as they can with them.
    So, I've been rambling, but glorifying drugs in YA is a way for the enemy to use us when we don't realize it to convince others that drugs are "fun". Drugs aren't fun. They're spiritual doors we allow ourselves to open.
    Sorry for the rambling, but I just wanted to put in a couple facts from true encounters.
    Bless you all. <3
    *Thanks fro the post, Gray!*

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    1. That is so true. I have had experiences with demonic forces before, because I have a very strong gift of discernment. And that is true that you can unintentionally open those doors and invite evil in, just like inviting Jesus in.

      I think you should read Intervention by Terri Blackstock, I think you'd like it.

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    2. I have as well, I can see things, but it usually is allowed for me to see so I can hear from that. I can see it for what it really is. I mean, we can invite them in without even knowing it. It's so crazy. The only way to make them leave is to rebuke them in Jesus name. It's the only way and I've done it before. And trust me, the supernatural is a very real thing. It's not a fairy tale like people think. Demons aren't myths. They're haters and tempters and ones that only want you to fall.

      I'll see about reading it. Thanks for the recommendation. The summary makes me want to read it. :)

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  2. My fantasy series has a drug called snakeroot, which is used for medicinal purposes. I meant it to be based on heroin. The doctors think it's a helpful drug if you're in pain, but two of the other characters are healers and try to avoid it. One of my main characters has a backstory where her father was wounded in battle, and they gave him snakeroot to ease the pain... but then his wife dies and he starts taking it to make himself feel better and their family falls apart. I hate it when people glorify drinking and drugs and alcohol in books- it's just plain awful! I dont ever want to make it sound like I approve of that. My great-grandma died of dimentia and lung cancer, and my grandma has dimentia because she smoked. It's terrible.

    Thanks for the great post as usual!

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    1. Your fantasy series sounds really good.
      I'm sorry about your great grandma and your grandma, that is terrible. :(

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    2. I'd like to read your book. :) I am SO sorry about your great grandma and your other grandma. That's sad. I hope you're doing okay. *hugs*

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    3. Thanks. *hugs back* I never really knew my great-grandma, she died when I was really young. But my grandmother lived with us, for a long time, and it's really hard to watch her downward spiral. :(

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    4. You're welcome. <333
      That would be so hard to just watch, I'm so sorry. :\
      When you feel sad, just think of all the time you had with her and the happy memories. Don't regret. Remember. We all love you! <3 *hopes that doesn't sound weird from a complete stranger*

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    5. Not at all! Thanks for the support :)

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    6. You're most welcome. :)

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  3. We have a neighbor who smokes all the time outside. Her voice in manly now and we can't ever get fresh air in our backyard because she's in her backyard. The front yard will stink, too. Her cigarettes are the long ones. Some don't even smell like cigarettes. I knew people who would smoke and say it's the worst habit to pick up, but they wouldn't stop themselves.

    I've heard fidget spinners have can help people since they're for anxiety and usually smokers smoke to be rid of anxiety. I don't know if this is true, but I have heard good things about fidget spinners. It's the parents giving them to kids who are too young that complain about the toys.

    I don't know if it's okay to talk about how the authors out there now will die eventually. I kind of feel like you were celebrating this. I know you wouldn't wish death on anyone, so I know you didn't mean it that way, but it kind of came off that way.

    Other than that, this article was awesome and on point to what really happens. If I ever put drugs in my books, it won't be to glorify them.

    God bless y'all
    <3

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    1. Also, Catherine (Farm Lassie) did another post related to this, but I'm not sure if you saw already.

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    2. Oh. Now that I look at that I can see how one could interpret that in that way, I'll go fix that right now..

      Thank you, as always, for your thoughts! :)

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    3. No problem. Hopefully I didn't upset you in any way. I just thought it sounded a little harsh, but I know you have such good intentions with this post. Really, it's amazing. You're always on point with this stuff.
      <3

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    4. Also, the picture you chose is awesome. It really fit the post.

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    5. I kind of wondered that as well, but I thought that you might not mean it that way. :)

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    6. Thanks for letting me know! That is NOT the impression I wanted to give, sometimes I'm a little too blunt and it comes off as something else. So thanks!!! :)

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    7. I can be very blunt, too. But it is important we speak our minds. We have to stand up for what we believe in. Silence is consent. :)

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    8. Gray:
      I guessed that it wasn't. Lol
      I understand completely *sheepish grin*
      Thank YOU for being a good sport about it. <3

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  4. This post is what people need to read. I hate it when people smoke, it almost makes me sick every time I have to walk by someone who is. I just want to yell at them, "You are ruining your life and my day!!!!" It makes me so sad when I am looking at something so beautiful like a waterfall and someone near me starts smoking. I really do want to yell at them, "Here is a beautiful creation that God has made!!! Why are you just standing around killing yourself!!!!?????????"

    Great post Gray! You really can put things in such a great way!!! Thank you so much again for starting this rebellion!!!!!

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    1. Thanks. It is so tragic, I wish these people could see that they're hurting themselves and everyone who loves them, all we can really do is pray. Smoking is so sad, luckily, it's not as popular as it use to be in the past since people are realizing how bad it is for you.
      Thank you for joining!!

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  5. It really saddens me when people engage in drugs, and it saddens me more that this aspect in our culture is glorified immensely. I do feel like it has died down over the recent years, but we can do better.

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | Ups & Downs

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    1. We can always do better! Thank you for your thoughts!! <3

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    2. It's one thing to see smoking or drugs (not being a part of it) and saying, "Hey, that's cool," and seeing something and saying that's not okay. Currently I'm vacationing in a place where the fastest way to get to restaurants is through casinos which works because people can't heavily drink and there's security, and while all the activities my family's doing is entirely clean (we're seeing family friendly circus, magic, and dance shows, exploring various fast food and clothing outlets we don't have along our state, alongside visiting a national park), it's super unnerving. I flinched in the foyer when I saw someone openly smoke, which is apparently common in the casinos, and it's so hard to watch people slowly succumb and degrade their health while also affecting those surrounding them. It smells. A ton of kids much younger than ten have to run past the casinos to get to places (um, second hand smoking?) and it's so hard to breathe and not cough and have the smell invde your body. I'm enjoying my vacation, as we've seen gardens and went shopping, but the smoking aspect really sucks.

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    3. Oh, I'm sorry! The smell of cigar smoke is probably the worst. And yes, I don't get why people would not only ruin their health but the health of children and everyone else for that matter.

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  6. Great post (as usual) Gray!

    It makes me wonder if our society (with all the stuff we've been discussing) is purposefully trying to influence us to lose our minds.

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, they are trying to get us to conform and loose our minds. But I won't. No drugs, no alcohol, and no swearing. At least personally.

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    2. They are. I use to doubt it, but now I know there's a conspiracy. They want us to play by their agenda, and say that their lifestyles are "okay", but as followers of our Lord and Savoir, it is our job to stand up and say "no".

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  7. I think the Hunger Games series had an interesting take on drugs. It showed how much trauma the Games exerted on its winners, while at the same time not condoning use of drugs or alcohol. The television show Boy Meets World has some really good episodes dealing with drinking. I don't actually recall reading anything that seemed to me to glorify drug use, but I'm sure it happens. I do have one character in a WIP novelette who smokes cigars. The story has WWI technology, a time when a lot of men smoked cigars and didn't know they were as unhealthy as they are (though modern cigarettes are worse than 1910's cigars). I guess it could be riding the edge. There's another character who smokes, and he's clearly a bit haggard from it. The smoking actually ties into the plot too, as the character had a friend in his youth who was an untrained fire mage and could only make smoke. I'll think about it.

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    1. They did have a very different take on drugs, it was re-freshing.
      I'm not saying not to have smokers in your WIPs, I'm just saying we should all be careful what message we are sending to our readers.

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  8. Another wonderful post! I love how you're discussing hard topics in such an honest way. :D (By the way, I just joined the Rebellious Movement and will be sending you an e-mail with the link soon!)

    Sincerely, Melissa <3
    melissagravitis.blogspot.com

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    1. Awesome! I'll be sure to link you in this post and the next since your post was after this one!!!

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  9. PLEASE PREACH THIS, GRAY. This is wonderful and deserves to be read by the world!

    I appreciate a good book that shows vices and all that, but I hate it when it's portrayed as something that's 'cool' or 'fun' to do. JUST. NO. I don't care how mature or cool people think they are; writing shouldn't preach things like that, especially books for teenagers who are at crossroads in their own lives.

    - andrea at a surge of thunder

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    1. Yes, exactly. I hate drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, but that's only because I've seen it's effects on my friends and family. But what about the kids who've never seen a sixteen year old guy they knew get taken away to juvie for drugs? Or their great-grandmother dying of lung cancer? Or one of their uncles becoming a useless drunk? They end up believing it's cool and submitting to peer-pressure. And that's what is scary, and that's why we must fight.

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  10. This is wonderful Gray! I thought I followed you but for some reason I didn't...FIXED XD

    Thank you for featuring me and making these awesome posts, I do love your snark :)

    Anna - www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. LOL, that's okay! XD
      And you're welcome! And thanks, sometimes I fear I'm a little too snarky and it goes over into harshness.

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