Hello everyone, and welcome to our blog to follow our journey as we explore substance abuse issues. We are four Social Service students from Laurea Tikkurila campus. In this blog, we want to open up, discuss, and voice our own opinions and hopefully raise topical issues, related to substance abuse problems and their treatment and prevention.

This winter we will also carry out a project relating on substance abuse, which will hopefully also give us more insights and new perspectives on substance abuse treatment and problems.

High as a Kite

We have come to the end of our Blog! Our Exerting Influence course has been eye-opening and has taught us a lot. Our project brought us knowledge, new experiences and perspectives on more future fields to possibly work at. In our blogs we have shed some light on our own opinions on substance abuse, and the different matters concerning the broad topic. In addition, the entire course has provided a substantial amount of knowledge concerning the Finnish society and what everything is based upon. This knowledge was then easy to apply in our blogs and other assignments!

– Yasmin, Vilja & Cecilia

Consequences of being caught

The legalization of cannabis has provoked a great deal of response, both for and against. In fact, I have heard good arguments both for and against. I do not now go in to that whether cannabis legalizing is a good thing or a bad thing, and what would be its potential consequences. However I will write about what would potentially happened right know in Finland if you would be caught in the use or possession of cannabis.
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When a loved one uses

vtdainfo. 2010. Family tree.

There is a lot of judgement and shame connected to substance abuse. Substance abuse and addiction affects not only the users themselves but their loved one’s as well. It’s hard to admit or talk about addiction, whether in a past or present sense. It’s equally hard to talk about the problems of substance abuse of a loved one.

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Alcohol and young people

For a long time, I wondered what exactly I would write about substance abuse. I wondered if I have enough knowledge about it and who am I to say anything on substance abuse. Until one of our group members said to write about my own starting points and my own perspectives. So I ended up writing about young people’s drinking and especially binge drinking. I wonder if it can for example potentially increase the risk of developing problematic relationship with alcohol in later age.

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Should drugs be decriminalized?

I stumbled upon an article a few classmates of mine posted in our Facebook group. The article in question is about Portugal decriminalizing drugs in 2001 in order to stop the extreme rise in heroin use.

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Why do Finns drink so much?

Making of moonshine in the deep forsests of Kangasniemi. Dahlberg, photographer 1922, Keski-Suomen museo

The use of substances has always been a part of the Finnish culture. Production of moonshine has long traditions in Finland and during the war, soldiers were offered drugs in order to avoid exhaustion in unbearable circumstances. During the same time, pharmacies sold prescription free medicines enhanced with cocaine and heroin (Kemiallisia unelmia. 2017). Drugs enhanced stamina, but in order to endure the horrors of war, the soldiers tried to alleviate the anxiety mainly by drinking (Niemi. 2015).

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Drug addiction in the street view

While sitting here in my favorite pizza place, a fight starts between a couple, sitting in a table next to me. It ends up going so badly that the owner has to call the cops and the man ends up spending the next night in a jail. These people are a well known couple, with addiction problems in my neighborhood. But what can be done to help these people, when they don’t seek help themselves?

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When it will become substance abuse?

I first started to think what substance abuse is and what my own idea of it is? What first comes to mind when thinking of substance abuse are drugs, but of course it can also be many other things. Constant use of substance in a harmful manner that negatively affects your mental, physical or social life is a simple definition of substance abuse. But when do you become a substance abuser and not just a person who is using some substance? When will it become a problem and harmful to you? I think its use becomes harmful when it starts to have an effect on your everyday life and has an impact on your personal relationships.  Although, broad range of substance abuse in today’s society is not that simple.

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