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Interview With A Friend Essay

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1GrandezMLAWalter GrandezInterview with Aleza JoshstradamusThe purpose of this interview that I've done is to examine the overall view of a young adult of today and her experience with illicit and deviant drugs. A once reserved and modest Mormon girl, I interviewed Aleza Joshstradamus, a long time friend whom I grew up within the Mormon church on her world of drug exploration. Throughout the interview, I conversed with her on topics of like her perception and attitude of drugs, along with her opinion on certain drug policy of today.Before Aleza took a step into the world of drugs and alcohol, she was and still is today an active member of the Mormon church. In today's society, more than three-fourths of American adolescents say that religion plays an important part in their lives. In study after study, these young people who report more involved with religion (they attend Sunday services and say their religion influences how they make decisions) are less likely to partake in deviance and illicit drug use (Hart & Ksir 14). However, in this case, my interviewee is the expectation. After her first experimentation with alcohol, her community in the church soon found out via the word of her ex-boyfriend and soon was seen as a fallen and misguided soul. Although, the negativity viewed by her church ward did not cripple her faith in her religion, she claims, "My faith in God is strong. I don't think what I did and what I'm doing now makes me a horrible person. I'm not harming anyone. But I will admit I felt scared and guilty for doing it at first. Like I wasn't a good Mormon, like this wasn't what a Mormon does. But then I began to think. I would feel way guiltier for doing it only for me to stop completely going to church. I still believed in God and his teachings. It was after when people had found out when I decided to careless on their opinion of me. My relationship with God and my faith is all I need".The next part interview is where we spent most of our time conversing about. I began to ask Aleza's on her perception and experience of drugs and alcohol. Aleza has experimented with a wide variety of drugs like depressants, stimulants, inhalants, and hallucinogens. Among these drugs, she uses on a regular basis and believes she feels dependent on to get through the day is marijuana. Aleza does mention other illicit drugs she uses in the social matters of "partying" or "raving" like cocaine and ketamine, but marijuana is her choice of daily partaking. Her perception of marijuana is viewed as a remedy to cure things like her menstrual cramps to boredom school homework and her job. She claims to smoke before work so she could make her unbearable eight hours of front desk work at LA Fitness manageable.It was at this point Aleza had mention that her community has changed; no longer associating with anyone from her Mormon ward, but still continuing to be active with her religion. She mentioned that the majority of her immediate friends are...

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