Name: Kyle Jeremy Whiting
From: Surprise, Arizona
The Effect of Addiction on Individuals
The effect of Addiction on Individuals
Addiction has long been a problem in America, from opium to cigarettes to alcohol. Substances have crippled America throughout the decades, some originate from ignorance, some for some personal gain whether it be status, or to meet some image. What drugs and substances are, in our society, has led to an addiction crisis that has been ceaseless, especially more mild drugs and substances like marijuana, nicotine, and alcohol. Society has glamourized the use of these substances through movies such as James Bond who frequently drinks an alcoholic beverage and smokes a cigarette/ cigar. Protagonists such as James Bond who indulge in these substances, may influence others to do the same because of their calm, intelligent, and attractive personality which is bound to influence viewers to emulate their behavior.
Substances such as alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine have ruined lives, putting users on the street. All addictions cost money in some way, this is no different for these substances. Because of drugs, these individuals must have a place to go, thus creating rehabilitation centers for them. These rehabilitation centers take away from the community, asking for donations to stay open to help those in need and government money, when tax dollars could be going towards improvements in the city like fixing roads, renovating buildings, and utilizing land to create jobs. As unfortunate as addiction is; it can never be truly stopped, it’s human nature.
Humans can easily become addicted to anything, even if it is not chemical induced. An example of a non-substance addiction would be this generations addiction to phones, social media, and technology as a whole. This generation was raised alongside technology, which has caused a serious dependency on technology. To lessen substance addiction epidemics, those who are addicted have to be willing to change, otherwise it is impossible. If people wish to do something, they will find a way to do it. America depends on free choice; anyone can do whatever they would like and no one can force them to not do something. If drugs are taken in private and an addiction arises, then it is completely on the individual to change that. There are already programs put in place designed to aid individuals rid themselves of these addictions. ‘
To lessen the impact of this addiction epidemic, mindsets would have to be changed and those who are trusted by addicts would have to change it. Family members and friends have to take responsibility of helping an addict they know by convincing them to go into a rehabilitation center to get help. It will not be easy to convince these addicts to get help, but otherwise the epidemic cannot be fought. If family members and friends are encouraged in some way to direct addicts to rehabilitation centers, then the addiction epidemic could be under control. That could be done by spreading this plan on social media and advertisements. The first priority should be to help family members and friends, stopping further burdens on society and the individual, changing addicts for the better.