Drug Rehab 2021 Round 1 – Addiction Awareness


Addiction Awareness

Goveia, Nicholas 

5 February 2021

The Nation-Wide Crisis, Addiction

Recovery is hard. Regret is harder. – Brittany Burgunder. Addiction has been around for ages, with the first recorded wine factory dating back to 7,000 BC. in Armenia. However, addiction was not viewed as the disease it is today until the late 20th centuries with the introduction of brain scanning revealing the effects of drugs on the brain. The number of individuals suffering from addiction in our nation is astounding. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017. Essentially, that number is more than 6 percent of the American population.

Firstly, we as a nation are dealing with a vast addiction crisis. With the ever rising population in the United States the more youth are exposed to drugs early on. The author of “American Addiction Centers” states, “Genetics, including the impact of one’s environment on gene expression, account for about 40% to 60% of a person’s risk of addiction. Environmental factors that may increase a person’s risk of addiction include a chaotic home environment and abuse, parent’s drug use and attitude toward drugs, peer influences, community attitudes toward drugs, and poor academic achievement. Teenagers and people with mental health disorders are more at risk for drug use and addiction than other populations.” Basically, the factors for causing addiction range from a large list of different aspects, all depending on how and where the child is raised, if they are separated from a life surrounding drugs and how much they are cared for. Although, this is not enough and that is why we are still in an ongoing addiction crisis.

In addition, the consequences of drugs not only affect the individual, but they also affect society. In the article “IMPACT OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE ON THE INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY” written by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. It states, Substance abuse affects and costs the individual, the family, and the community in significant, measurable ways including loss of productivity and unemployability; impairment in physical and mental health; reduced quality of life; increased crime; increased violence; abuse and neglect of children; dependence on non-familial support systems for survival; and expenses for treatment. Essentially, substance abuse does not only affect the consumer, but it affects everyone around them and leaves society at risk.

Finally, how can we remedy the crisis on both the individual and societal level? This question can be solved through the assistance of others. No one can tackle addiction alone and with the help of others, people would be able to finally get off their euphoric high and say no once and for all. Is it that easy? No, but with more developments of treatment centers and ways to combat withdrawal symptoms we could help a lot more people which would not only better them, yet it would better society as a whole.

In conclusion, addiction is a bitter disease with no outright cure. However, it can most certainly be fought back. Not introducing the youth into drugs and gangs can prevent a ton. Being there for others can additionally save individuals from a life of addiction. No matter how America goes about solving the issue, it will always stem from the idea of being there for others. 


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