The Slippery Slope, In addition to spiritual consequences, are physical consequences. What happens when you ski down a steep slope and wipe out? By the time you stop you're a lot farther down the hill from where you fell. Momentum carries you along after the initial crash. Like wiping out, unwise decisions have a momentum of their own.
This is the slippery slope. From the top, it looks like a harmless evening of getting high with your friends. But you can't see how steep it is. You don't know how far or how fast it'll carry you. And what's more, you're skiing in the dark.
As someone slides down the hill of drug use, he tends to follow several stages:
Experimental usage: Alcohol or drugs are tried for the first time, often fueled by curiosity and/or motivated by peer pressure.
Casual users: Casual users have decided they enjoy being high but limit their use. Often they use only on specific occasions.
Regular users: When casual users become regular users, they can usually still function at work and school, but they are dangerously close to becoming chemically addicted. They may believe they can stop using but find themselves unable to do so for any significant period of time. People around them begin to notice signs of usage.
Chemical addiction: In the final stage, addicts are compelled to use, not for pleasure's sake, but simply to feel normal. Those who reach this stage often deny the seriousness of the situation, even though friends, family and co-workers recognize the problem.2
One of the risks of casual usage is easy addiction. Some are going to get hooked from the first time. And no one knows ahead of time his susceptibility. The best way to prevent addiction is never to begin.
Maybe you've heard this one: "I'm not going to get addicted. I'm going to smoke a joint here and there, drop a little Ecstasy, kick back with some friends and have a beer." People may use all of these drugs recreationally and insist they're safe. But they ignore volumes of evidence to the contrary.
IS THERE HOPE IF YOU SLIPPED THIS FAR? ABSOLUTELY, BUT IN MOST CASES IT WILL TAKE THE HELP OF GOD.
1. Are you sick and tired of your life of drugs? 2. Are you losing everything including your relationship with your family?
I had to hit bottom and was tired of my addition for years, but couldn't quit on my own. I could go for several weeks sometimes without using, but Satin will always put someone in your path to keep you down. I tried to quit but couldn't do it on my own. It was only when I hit bottom losing everything, including my family when my Mother asked me why don't you just give God a chance, what do you have to lose? And she was right, what did I have to loose. I gave it all to Jesus right then and there, accepted him as my lord and Savior and asked him to forgive me for my sins. The load and burden lifted from me and I was set free, even from smoking cigarettes, but didn't realize that until 3 or 4 days later when I noticed a pack of cigarettes on my dresser. But, I also took it a lot further. I found a church and started going to every revival I could find. I bought a bible and read it daily. I stayed away from old friends until I got really strong in the Lord. Once they found out I was a different person, most of them stayed away from me, but watched me to see if it would last. Most said I wouldn't, but that was over 30 years ago.
What God did for me he can do for you for he is no respecter of persons, and for us that are sinners, is the reason he suffered and died on the cross, just for us. He loves you and me more than we can imagine. And he has given us the authority over satin, First you need to really want it, and second you must continue to grow spiritually. It may take some a little longer than others to be totally free from drugs, but as long as you continue your walk with Jesus, he will not forsake you or leave you. If you stumble, get back up, ask for forgiveness and go forward. In my case, I had no withdraws, nor temptations for a long time. Yes, satin will still pop up occasionally and try to temp you, but with God on your side, you are the winner.