As you may have guessed from the title, conversations about addiction definitely hold great importance in our society, given the fact that this is one of the most painful mental illnesses on the planet. Every person who experiments with drugs or alcohol does not have the intention of becoming an addict, but, once they get a taste of their poison, these men and women will start to sink into a dark pit of despair (their brains constantly driven by a desire for more and more of drugs or booze). Ironically, though, people don’t like to talk about the problem once it takes root. If a person suffers from drug addiction or alcoholism, both the victim and their loved ones will exercise extreme caution about addressing the problem at hand (understandably). So, as the title suggests, let’s take a closer look at how everyone can have a talk about this mental illness without fear or anxiety.
Addressing the Problem at Hand
Needless to say, drug addiction and alcoholism have evolved into serious public health crises in our country. From 2002 to 2015, the number of deaths triggered by drug overdoses increased by a staggering 100%, while prescription narcotics have inflicted the majority of this harm. Consider that, in 2014 alone, 2 million citizens of the U.S. suffered from painkiller dependency, while 1 out of 4 patients who receive prescription narcotics will eventually (at some point) start abusing their medications. In the midst of “stoner culture,” “junkies,” or “potheads” populating our country, some people will quickly ostracize addicts for being sick. As a result of this stigmatization, the victims and caregivers may feel a bit cautious about striking up conversations about this mental illness (which is definitely not a good thing).
So, how do we turn stigmas off and get society back on track? Here are some suggestions:
- Better education about abuse and addiction
- Understanding that addiction is a sickness, not a lifestyle choice
- Establishing communication points between addicts and society
- Health insurance plans that offer more information about addiction
- Resources about addiction in schools and businesses (when applicable)
Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism
Drug addiction and alcoholism are serious illnesses that can and will destroy the mind and body. On the same note, addiction will not only drive a massive wedge into your social life but also potentially destroy your private family life, especially if you are already dealing with an underlying behavioral problem or relationship issues as it is. If anything, though, cases involving celebrities and their fight with addiction can serve as a valuable lesson about staying away from drugs or getting the help that’s necessary.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or alcoholism or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you overcome your attachment to dangerous drugs and alcoholic drinks.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.