Someone I met has been taking a lot of drugs, experimenting actually. No one really knows except me, and he think its fine. At first I thought it was fine too, because he is smart, intelligent, and a socialable person. It just shocked me a little because his values seemed to have "changed" so much, and he just didn't seem like the type that would experiment with drugs. There are a lot of other intelligent people we hang out with which also experiments with drugs, which is probably what made it okay, what normalised it. Smart intelligent people who we respect, who have status, who are role models in our fields. There's a lot of rationalising, a lot of post facto justifcations, I guess there's also a lot of pain, a lot of coping, but also a lot of fun involved. There's some degree of self control with drugs I suppose, everything in this world I believe is cost sensitive, but it's the idea of what exactly he is consenting to - are there harms he (or we or in general) cannot foresee, and are there pains that we are trying to mask that we simply are in denial of? Is it some way of connecting, some way of fitting in, no one would ever thought that he would've gone down that track - and so far he's doing great, fantastic, excellent, except is this a slippery slope, but what gives me the right to judge, oh I don't know what I should do - or should I do anything? I do think it is a coping mechanism. I do think so. I do think there are risks.
He would take legal drugs most of the time. Sometimes he feels he needs to take prescription drugs for anxiety and for concentration. Sometimes he does other things.
And he's normal. He's successful. No one can tell.