Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - The Mental Health Crisis We Call Addiction

Name: Melissa Brun
From: Pennington, NJ
Votes: 0 Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - The Mental Health Crisis We Call Addiction

The Mental Health Crisis We Call Addiction

 

The Mental Health Crisis We Call Addiction

 

I cannot claim to understand the reason why some people choose to use drugs. However, I can understand the pain and helplessness a person may feel due to a mental illness. Like many, I suffer from depression. Luckily for me, it is manageable without medication and I am very thankful that I have a wonderful support system. This support system includes therapy for my mental health. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to a therapist, whether it is due to low income, lack of insurance coverage, or even transportation. For a lot of Americans, the simple fear of being labeled, or being seen as weak for talking about their feelings, stops them from seeing a therapist. When the brain becomes sick, people become desperate to feel better. This may include numbing these unwanted feelings by using drugs. When those feelings start to re-emerge, they are again temporarily relieved with drugs, and the cycle of drug addiction begins.

 

Those who become addicted to drugs will eventually lose everything. First, they may lose their job or get kicked out of school due to showing up under the influence of drugs, or not showing up all together. They may resort to stealing to keep up with their habit, this is usually from people they are closest to. Eventually they will burn all of their bridges and hit rock bottom, becoming homeless. A life of living on the streets, begging for money, stealing to survive and drug use, will often lead to time in prison. Unfortunately, most of society only sees them as an addict, a menace, or a low life, as if they are no longer human and unfixable.

 

Recovery starts with mental health care. You can’t fix a house by cleaning the inside if the problem is the foundation. Addicts need to get to the root cause of why they started using drugs in the first place. Then the process of recovery can begin when they start to build a stronger base. Once we lift the stigma of mental health care and show society how important it is to have a healthy mental state, then we can show them how mental health and drug addiction are related.

 

 

 

 


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