Name: Brooke Alaine Wayne
From: Yorkville, IL
On Addiction and Consequences.
On Addiction and Consequences
The affects of COVID-19 have spread far and wide, and that doesn’t just include businesses and the economy. The rates of depression and suicide are higher than ever, and those problems and the ones of substance abuse need to be addressed as soon as possible in order to prevent a massive amount of deaths. I think that addiction rates are rising because of depression and other mood disorders. When someone gets addicted, they’re not only fueling the illegal substance market but they’re creating a society of addicted people, which is not healthy for the population as a whole. We can remedy this crisis by making solutions for mood disorders more readily available, especially to the more poverty stricken areas of the world.
Depression is an easy trap to fall into, and that danger is even more enhanced with wishes for a normal time. It’s easy to become extremely sad about the state of the world around us right now, and sometimes when people are that low it does not seem that bad to disappear into a sudden high. Illegal substances might seem like a temporary solution to make them feel better, but it is so easy to get addicted to something that makes the depression go away. Other mood disorders like anxiety or bipolar disorder only increase the chances of falling into the depressive trap.
When someone gets addicted to an illegal substance, they will keep buying more. As they keep purchasing more and more drugs, they just feed the society that creates and harbors those things. The addicted individual will soon find themselves unable to function or feel emotion without their substance of choice, which wreaks havoc on their personality and social circle. Substance addiction is a scary thing to witness, much less experience. That person might end up hospitalized or worse, dead because of their addiction. As that person becomes addicted, they might begin to sell drugs to other individuals. As the drug society grows stronger in an area, the quality of the surrounding society begins to steadily decline. If we can prevent the drug society from getting stronger, we can stop the nose dive that tends to happen in that situation.
If mood disorders might be the cause for this madness, we need to get help to people who need it as soon as possible. Poverty stricken areas are much more likely to fall victim to the addiction trap, so making therapists and corrective medicine more readily available to those areas would help a ton with the addiction crisis. It’s much easier to never partake of a substance than to stop taking the substance. The measures taken need to be mostly preventative, as that will gradually help the rates of addiction go down.
The road to recovery from an addiction crisis is not easy, but it is a road that needs to be taken. For the sake of everyone and society as a whole, the spread of substance abuse needs to be halted in its tracks, and we need to take a stand against these drugs that ruin the lives of so many.