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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Corvisart

The Rational Choice: Abstinence from Mind Altering Substances




In contemporary society, the discourse surrounding substance use, particularly marijuana and other commonly used illicit drugs, is complex and multifaceted. While some individuals choose to engage in such activities, others, like myself, opt for abstinence. This decision is often informed by a myriad of factors, ranging from personal beliefs and values to considerations of health, legal ramifications, and social influences. In this blog post, I aim to elucidate my rationale for abstaining from marijuana and other illicit substances in my personal and professional life.


First and foremost, my decision to refrain from using marijuana or any other illicit substance stems from a commitment to prioritizing my physical and mental well-being. I hit the gym every morning at 4:30am, I meditate daily, and water is my preferred beverage. Extensive research has elucidated the adverse effects of substance abuse on both the brain and body. Marijuana contains psychoactive compounds that can impair cognitive function, alter mood states, and induce dependency with prolonged use. As someone dedicated to academic and professional pursuits beyond sex work, maintaining optimal cognitive functioning is paramount, and the potential deleterious effects of substance use are antithetical to this goal.


Moreover, the legal and societal ramifications associated with illicit substance use cannot be overlooked. Despite shifting attitudes towards marijuana legalization in certain jurisdictions, it remains classified as a controlled substance in many parts of the world and the U.S. Engaging in illegal activities not only exposes me to the risk of legal repercussions but also perpetuates a cycle of stigma and marginalization. As someone who is pursuing a challenging career outside of sex work, I choose to abide by the law rather than succumb to the allure of illicit substances.


Furthermore, my decision to abstain from marijuana and other illicit substances is informed by a broader ethical framework. Substance use often entails a degree of escapism or self-medication, whereby individuals seek temporary relief from stress, anxiety, or existential concerns. While such coping mechanisms may offer transient solace, they are ultimately unsustainable and may exacerbate underlying issues in the long run. Instead of relying on external substances to cope with life's challenges, I advocate for cultivating healthy coping strategies, such as mindfulness, exercise, and seeking social support.


Additionally, I am cognizant of the societal inequities perpetuated by the war on drugs and the disproportionate impact of drug enforcement policies on marginalized communities. The criminalization of drug possession and the punitive approach to drug policy have led to mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the erosion of civil liberties. By abstaining from illicit substances, I seek to challenge the status quo and advocate for evidence-based harm reduction strategies that prioritize public health and social justice.


In conclusion, my decision to refrain from using marijuana and other illicit substances is a deliberate choice grounded in considerations of personal health, legal compliance, ethical principles, and social responsibility. While I respect the autonomy of individuals who choose differently, I remain steadfast in my personal commitment to leading a substance-free lifestyle characterized by clarity of mind, integrity, and resilience. As we navigate the complexities of contemporary drug culture, let us engage in nuanced discourse that acknowledges the diverse motivations underlying substance use decisions and fosters a culture of empathy, understanding, and harm reduction.

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