There is a myth about “Gateway Drugs” that has been disproved, but has started to perpetuate again. The words below, which have been attributed to Russel Brand, explain concisely what the gateway is.
“Cannabis isn’t a gateway drug.
Alcohol isn’t a gateway drug.
Nicotine isn’t a gateway drug.
Caffeine isn’t a gateway drug.
Trauma is the gateway.
Childhood abuse is the gateway.
Molestation is the gateway.
Neglect is the gateway.
Drug abuse, violent behaviour, hyper sexuality and self-harm are often symptoms (not the cause) of much bigger issues. And it almost always stems from a childhood filled with trauma, absent parents, and an abusive family.
But most people are too busy laughing at the homeless and drug addicts to realise your own children could be in their shoes in 15 years.
Communicate. Empathise. Rehabilitate.”