A 28-year-old young man who identifies as a hip-hop musician says his addiction to cocaine, heroin and marijuana destroyed his chances of becoming a musician with a household name.
Joseph Daniels, who shared his addiction experience on Rainbow Radio’s Frontline, said peer pressure and negative influences drove him to use drugs.
He told host Kwabena Agyapong that he began using marijuana after hearing that it could help him perform exceptionally well as a musician.
“I began using marijuana after graduating from junior high school. My musician friends introduced me to drugs. They believed that using drugs would improve one’s performance. That was the advice I received from my friends. They said that using drugs improves your performance and makes you brave.”
Currently, at rehab at the Chosen Rehab Centre, Joseph Daniels said a musician friend based in Takoradi introduced him to using cracks and heroin.
According to him, he was not much interested in that but the energy with which his friend performed during studio sessions was extreme and at a point, he introduced me to crack cocaine and heroin.
“He told me he had something on him that would help me improve my music and boost my energy, which was very low at the time. I had no idea the drug was so addictive. I began using cocaine and developed an addiction to it.”
“I started going off the rails after using cocaine,” he continued. It altered my life and caused me to associate with undesirable people. I ran away from home and spent my time in the ghetto. My dedication to music was harmed. I became addicted to the point where I began stealing from home and selling electronic gadgets my parents had purchased. They gave me several items to decorate my room, but I sold them all to fund my drug addiction.”
He concluded that he started stealing from home because he had rejected a suggestion from his friends to steal from people to fund his drug use. After all, they were not willing to give him drugs for free.