Name: Florencia Gutierrez
From: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Substance abuse in America
Substance abuse in America
People all across the country are dealing with different personal experiences, and many of those are negatively impacting their lives. I come from a family that had many different life experiences that changed their lives, from losing a child to going to war. People in America use alcohol, drugs, and different substances to subside the pain that they feel from those situations or to cause a feeling of happiness in their life that they feel they do not have.
In my generation, there are a lot of people who do not feel as though they are important, have too much stress in their life, or feel as though there is no positivity, and choose to use these substances as a way of getting that enjoyment in life or to make their problems disappear for the time being. That is why I believe that there is an addiction crisis here in our nation.
There are many consequences of having an addiction to these substances. In society they are looked down upon, not many people want to help because they are afraid of them or those people feel that they are past the point of no return. Our society’s reputation can be heavily impacted, by many other countries watching and turning our reputation to be ” the country with the most substance abuse”, then not many people will want to trust our nation’s way of handling alcohol, drugs, or substances. They will be afraid of what could happen.
As an individual drugs and alcohol or any other substance can heavily impact the person’s way of thinking or believing. Such as “the only way I can be happy is by using this” or “I’m too stressed to ill use this to make me feel better”. But that only leads to more abuse and potentially death if they overdose. It can severely impact their physical bodies by destroying their livers, by affecting their brain, by affecting their lungs, their arms, their gums, almost everything in their body will be affected. There are so many side effects to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and other things that can be very deadly when abused.
We have to overcome our fears our demons and our stressors without substances. Our mind is a powerful tool and we control it to the way we see fit. It alright to ask for help when we are lost or when we do not find our way. Many people have been in these situations and have stories to share and to help these people overcome this. There are hotlines one can call when they need help. Therapy and rehab are here to help. They are not alone and as a society, we need to be more forgiving and helping. They are humans and people too. They once had family and friends they had a life but it just went in a different direction. As a society, we need to reach for them and give them a helping hand. Many people have gone through these situations broken and came out as fighters. That is what we can do for them as a society. No one wants to go through that alone, no one wants to be lost, this is why we need to help these people as much as we can to help fix our society and to lower abuse rates in America.