Name: Kasey Wochner
From: Chandler, Arizona
A Battle Worth Fighting
A Battle Worth Fighting
Despite the millions of people worldwide struggling with inner demons and severe addictions, only a very few percentage of those suffering seek help from a treatment center. How could this be? Why wouldn’t one reach out to get the help that they so desperately need? Unfortunately, due to the staggering amount of underlying stigma, too many people to count are afraid to admit that they are struggling with addiction. A popular misconception within today’s society is that those grappling with addiction are selfish and careless with no concern for their own wellbeing. There is nothing further from the truth than this misleading statement, because in reality, many addicts are simply seeking solace from their sorrow and are trying to find anything that will ease any sense of dread or loneliness that they may be enduring.
The year 2020 alone has seen countless tragedies and has directly led to a soaring number of mental health struggles. Many have experienced exponential increases in their levels of anxiety and depression as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, election stress, and potential unemployment qualms. As isolation dragged on overtime, millions worldwide grew lonely and felt a discernable sense of hopelessness as it seemed as though there was no end to the pandemic in sight and that the future seemed unclear. This pandemic has been a gateway to a flood of addiction among a multitude of individuals. Many teenagers now can’t go a minute without checking their social media apps, and many others now have a severe attachment to drugs and alcohol that they can’t seem to shake. Addictions like these are proven to have a direct correlation to the increase in depression and anxiety in our world. Individuals are feeling less motivated to get out of bed and go to work in the morning, less inclined to take care of themselves, and less encouraged to function as a member of society, resulting in the deterioration of their bodies and minds.
This mentality of the individual has undoubtedly had a considerable effect on the performance of humankind as well. Too many people refuse to reach out for help because they’re afraid of judgement or because they are too in denial to believe that they have a problem. Though it may feel hopeless to try and break away from addiction, it is always possible to get better. Those with addictions have to step up and realize that their disease is hurting themselves and others, and that they need to do everything in their power to get the attention that they need. Even if it is something as little as confiding in a friend or family member, it is still a step in the right direction. There are many resources in the world made to help those battling addiction such as support groups, counseling, and addiction treatment centers. Even if someone is not personally struggling with the effects of addiction, it is always important to make sure to check-in with peers because you never know how much they may be struggling. Everyone deserves a strong support system that they know they can rely on for guidance and a listening ear. The fight towards ending addiction in every form is a tough battle that we must fight together, and it can’t be done alone.