DOES SUBSTANCE ABUSE MAKE YOU MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO GUN VIOLENCE?
- February 7, 2020
Drugs don’t mix well with other drugs, and they don’t mix well with guns either. Drugs put you in a state of mind where you are more willing to make risky decisions, especially if that drug is alcohol. Drugs possess the ability to give you excessive, false confidence to muster up the courage to do something you would never attempt if you were sober, such as injure someone with a gun. In reality, no matter how much you dislike a person, attempting to harm them while sober would take plenty of thought. However, being under the influence of alcohol and drugs make pulling out a gun and firing it all too easy.
As of today, 46 percent of the US federal prison population consists of non-violent drug offenders, while 70 percent of gang members have grown up in broken homes. Even if just 5 percent of those who are currently imprisoned for drug crimes return to have a positive impact on their families, that’s more than 100,000 fewer recruits for gangs across the country.
Guns and Alcohol
New research shows that gun owners who have been convicted of an alcohol-related offense, such as driving under the influence or disorderly conduct, are up to five times more likely to be arrested for a firearm-related crime than those who have not.
Alcohol intoxication awakens feelings of increased excitement as well as aggression. It can lower cognitive functions, which in turn affects the ability to think logically. This may lead to impaired judgment and higher chances of aggressive behavior. Although is a very difficult and controversial topic, people are beginning to take a greater stand to stop gun violence due to drugs and alcohol. We may not be able to stop the tendency of drugs and gun violence all at once to cohesively work together, but we can fight for stricter laws and pass around new ideas for achieving a better tomorrow.
At Asana Recovery, we understand how difficult recovering from these addictions through our daily work to help those struggling most from this disease. While some may believe they can make it alone, rehabilitation programs are essential in the fight to break the dependency. The road ahead is not a smooth or easy one, but you can traverse it if done so with the support of the right team. Counseling and aftercare processes can assist you by addressing the psychological facets that led you to addiction and help you build a structure from which to better cope with life without succumbing to addiction.
The supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We’re deeply committed to ensuring your long-term recovery and guiding you on your path to a healthier and happier future. There is no better time than now, and we’re always available to speak with you. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.