Halloween is approaching and so are the Halloween parties. Here is a list of comparisons and contrasts between Halloween and substance abuse:
- On Halloween, people pretend to be someone or something they are not.
- Drugs alter how a person thinks and feels and can alter one’s perception of reality.
- Kids gather large amounts of candy that can spike blood sugar levels, feed cavity-forming bacteria in the mouth, and lead to hyperactivity followed by a sugar crash.
- Drugs can also increase energy for a time, followed by a crash.
- Halloween parties are common.
- Parties with drugs or alcohol are too common.
- Children or youth often go trick or treating with other people.
- There can be a social aspect to drugs and drinking.
- Halloween only occurs once a year.
- Drugs abuse occurs every day.
- Parents go out with their younger children to watch them as they trick-or-treat.
- Youth secretly take drugs and alcohol. It’s even sadder when parents knowingly condone, allow, or enable drug and alcohol use.
- Halloween generates mucho moola ($$$).
- So do alcohol and drugs.
- The tagline of Halloween is “trick or treat”.
- People who abuse substances pull illegal “tricks” to get their “treats”.
- Halloween can be a fun time for families and communities.
- Substance abuse brings tears, heartache, and trouble.
What additional comparisons or contrasts do you see between Halloween and substance abuse?