Far too many seek magic as a way to avoid their own issues, seeking refuge in the promise of readily available power and control over their lives. While it may be better than turning to drugs, it also may not be, as their are repercussions to dabbling in magic also.
I have been accused lately of not giving out enough useful info, and only nay saying, i.e cautioning people too much. I see things differently. I believe the pursuit of "magick" as many people call it to be one that is largely misunderstood in it's practice, and something that is becoming far too popular as a salve for old, or new wounds. it offers power, seemingly control over your life, and a way to strike out out your enemies without seeming risk to yourself. A perfect combination for misuse.
Indeed I have not given many people answers to their questions, such as how to do this, or that, because a lot of what is being asked is not advisable, safe, or often is just plain stupid. There is a severe lack here in regards to practical first hand knowledge about occultism, and this is being fed by a total lack of experienced members. Not that the staff here doesn't mean well, but the atmosphere here now is a members only type, as well as a yes man type mentality, as well as a mob like one. Not very conducive to learning. I am not saying that some of the mods or site owners don't know of what they speak, but I am saying that they far too often let nonsense be passed along as truth without challenging it, because of the source. That source being a friend and or long time member that supports, and says yes to them an awful lot.
The best advice period that has been given by myself is to seek help, and not of the magic sort. If you have past experiences harming your life, magic is "not" the way to go in solving the problem. Controversial thing to say on a magic website I know.