It's time for a change!
“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably leads to nowhere.” - Author unknown. As a nation, we are dealing with an addiction crisis because everyone seems to be seeking the easy way out of life. The truth of the matter is, anyone can run away from their problems in life but true strength comes when you decide to face your problems and work through them. As a nation, Addiction is promoted as glamorous as glitter and gold are but the truth is, the first two seconds are paradise while the remaining years are hell on earth. Addiction is a serious problem, it is a societal problem that quickly becomes a mental problem, and later on, a funeral problem. We are dealing with an addiction crisis for three main reasons: No one wants to face their problems, Society views addiction as the complete opposite of what it truly is and no one wants to talk about addiction. Whether we decide to acknowledge it or not, society plays a major role in the issue of addiction; Hollywood entertainment plays a major role in the issue of addiction; Social media plays a major role in the issue of addiction. These are all negatively impactful to the struggle of addiction within the nation. Movies, TV shows, trending songs all have one thing in common. “What is it?”, you may ask. They all make addiction seem like a fun-filled luxury when in actuality, it is simply a means to an end of all dreams someone wanted to accomplish in life.
It is quite evident that there are many people facing addiction so why don’t we try to help them? Most people have the mindset of “that’s not my issue”, but what if it was your issue? What if you actually are your brother’s keeper? What if someone saw your sister passed out on the floor of a disgusting alleyway, would you want them to simply walk past as if she’s non-existent, or would you want them to step in and help? I surely would want someone to assist my sister if she was ever in that position, who wouldn’t want someone to do the same for someone that they love? We are dealing with an addiction crisis because no one wants to help people around them who are addicted or are falling victim to addiction. Yes, helping one person may not change the world but, it may change one person’s world.
Many people seek drugs and liquor as a way to get rid of their problems when in reality, that method only rids them of their problems temporarily. If people began to develop and utilize other methods of coping with life situations then there would be lower addiction rates. According to the National Survey on Drug use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 Million individuals aged 12 and older battled a substance abuse disorder in 2017. When a person becomes addicted, their quality of life decreases because the only thoughts constantly racing through their mind is when they can get access to their source of addiction. This source of addiction can be a famous bar in their local neighborhood or an extremely secluded house where drugs are sold. People that are dealing with addiction begin to have problems focusing on anything other than their addiction so this causes them to become self-centered and less communicative with their friends and loved ones. This not only affects them because their family becomes distraught to see the constant depreciation of that person’s moods. When individuals begin to venture into the different arrays of addiction- whether it be sex, liquor, or drugs, they often tell their friends about it or promote it unknowingly on their social media accounts. When things such as that happen, many are influenced to fall into the same patterns which then causes addiction to become a repetitive cycle of which there seems to be no means to that end. We must remember that addiction is like an incurable disease, it does not request your permission to enter your life and does not approve of your request for it to go away.