Name: Hannah Samuel
From: Foreign City, Foreign State
National Addiction Struggle
What is drug addiction? Addiction is a mental disorder which compels someone to repeatedly use substances or engage in behaviors even though they have harmful consequences. Addiction is of two types-Chemical Addiction and Behavioral Addiction. Chemical addiction is based on addiction to a substance while behavioral addiction is based on compulsive behavior. Millions of Americans are addicts to at least ONE addiction. As per statistics, drug overdose deaths have tripled ever since the 1990s.
People usually indulge in drugs and addictions due to personal problems. Many Americans are rendered jobless and with low income. A way to blow off steam, and feel like everything is okay at least for a little while is through drugs, alcohol or compulsive behavior. People don’t think about the consequences and only think about how they feel at that moment. Every day in America, almost 130 Americans die from Opioid addiction. People misuse their prescriptions and end up needing Opioids just as much as we need to breathe. Over the age of 12, 494,000 Americans are daily Heroine users. Like Opioids and Heroine, many other substances are misused and cause deadly destruction in ones life.
In my opinion, America struggles with addiction because people just let it happen. Even if they know it’s wrong and that they shouldn’t do it, people will continue to abuse their body and mind, until neither one can take anymore. Importance isn’t given to a person ruining their lives.People should care about someone else’s well being and health just as much as they care about their own. SPEAK UP! Don’t pretend like you don’t know. The government and higher authorities should promote equal pay and equal opportunities to all people regardless of color and race. All people should be treated equally. America is a developed country, but even the most developed of countries always have a few downsides. Addiction can be stopped and people can be cured, whether it’s substance addiction or behavioral addiction. If people realize that there is someone to help them and that depending on drugs and alcohol won’t change anything, there can be such a drastic change in the lifestyle of millions of Americans. People with behavioral problems think that since they are in pain, if they inflict pain on someone else, they will feel better about themselves. That is not the case though. Causing someone else pain will only make a person feel worse about themselves. Just as with substance abuse, if people try and help the person in pain and help them realize the consequences of their choices, they too will want to be better.
We are all people. We need to realize that we are all in this together and that not one person is ever on their own.