Name: Brooke S...
From: Tempe, AZ
School: Arizona State University
Addiction in 2020
Addiction in 2020
Unfortunately, we live in a society addicted to mind altering substances. Drugs and substance abuse has always been a crisis in America. With 2020 taking everyone by storm, many individuals struggle with finding normalcy in their everyday life. Covid changed everything. People around the world were not prepared for what was ahead. An increasing amount of people since quarantine have been left with feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. At the beginning of the national shut down, alcohol was flying off the shelves. The local news stations were advising people of a possible alcohol shortage.
As someone in recovery, I know the dangers of substance abuse in our society. I believe an increasing number of people turn to substances to numb their current pain. Drugs have easily accessible with the use of social media. They’re numerous online accounts that reach out to potential new customers. These accounts and sellers do not have a conscious, and will allow kids to purchases their dangerous products. I believe that our use of social media has ended up causing more harm than good.
The consequences of becoming involved with mind altering substances ultimately leads to death. As someone who has struggled with addiction, the cycle never changes. Abuse means more use. Drugs inevitably lead to overdose. A user thinks they know their limits, until one day they buy laced product or the take a little more than they should. An addict will always make drugs the priority. A person in an active addiction will use their money to support their habit. They put drugs before their kids, spouse, family, food, bills, rent, etc. Before you know it the addict is left with nothing.
One way to address this issue, is to open more rehabilitation facilities. Current treatment is costly, and the government assistant rehabs are harsh and dirty. Our current judicial system treats addicts like criminals, and puts people in prison for drug crimes and possessions. Instead of treating those who are struggling like murders, judges need to sentence addicts to treatment facilities. We need to help our fellow Americans instead of putting them in positions where their addictions aren’t necessarily dealt with. There are a number of prisoners who access drugs from inside. Allowing the addict to potentially be introduced to harder drugs. Adjusting the judicial system for those struggling, could be the key to decrease substance abuse and overdoeses.