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by R. Asmerom

Success. It’s what we all strive for in one fashion or another; fame, wealth, popularity, and well being  are all drivers of our aspirations. The more popular embodiments of those aspirations are celebrities – those who chose an artistic path and succeeded in not only conquering their passions, but also garnering public acclaim and widespread attention for doing simply what they wanted to do. So it is with that image that we can examine the other side of this success: drug abuse. All too often, the ones who appear to have nothing to complain about are the ones with the problem.

When it was revealed that T.I. was caught in Los Angeles with ecstasy in his pocket, as well as marijuana and codeine in the car, his carelessness was somewhat surprising given that the rapper was on probation and had just finished up a sentence in jail and a halfway house in March of this year. T.I. doesn’t seem to be the dumbest rapper around; in fact, he seems to be one of the smartest. So why such a dumb and trivial move for the man who has family, fortune and fame?

“People may be consciously content but unconsciously, numerous fears and vulnerabilities can drive people to use drugs,” said  Dr. Srini Pillay, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons To Overcome Fear. “Drugs are used in a number of situations where self-control is compromised and impulse behaviors take over.”

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