Drug Rehab 2021 Round 1 – Addiction in the USA


Addiction in the USA

I believe addiction comes in many forms. I think that we as a nation are dealing with an addiction crisis because our nation provides opportunities for addiction. People feel that they need to fill a void that our society tells us is present within our lives. If we do not achieve to the level society tells us to, we feel like we are missing something. Substance abuse in particular is a serious problem in the United States. Addiction has several consequences for individuals as well as society. First, addiction takes over the individual’s entire life. For example, someone very close to me is an alcoholic and has to drink every day to destress. I’ve known them my whole life and they are a very intelligent individual. Since they started drinking at age 14, they haven’t been able to stop. I see how it is deteriorating her every single day. Before they began drinking, they were a bright and bubbly person, but that seemed to dampen when they began drinking. I saw their family try very hard to help them, but you cannot force anyone to do anything they do not want to do. They went to rehabilitation but unfortunately, it didn’t last. This unfortunately is a disease that does not have an easy cure and I see that firsthand.

Not only does addiction affect an individual and their family and friends, it also affects society overall. People who struggle with addiction cannot give themselves fully to a free life. They need help which we all do at some point, but addiction steals people’s ability to hope and achieve their full potential. Addiction also runs through family lines, which can break up families and cause generational trauma. Addiction also is a cause for homelessness which is a societal issue as well. We are experiencing a housing crisis for those who live on the street and part of their recovery has to do with getting the proper addiction treatment. Addiction is not an individual problem, it is a problem that affects us all in different ways and one that we need to work together to solve. Individually, people with addiction can try to seek help from different forms of therapy. Also, if they speak to a loved one who cares about them, they may be able to help. If we remove the problem completely this may help. For example, if doctors didn’t give addictive prescriptions as freely to patients, perhaps people wouldn’t become as easily persuaded.

As far as how to remedy the problem on a societal level, a lot needs to be done. I think we need to remove the stigma around addiction. It is not a choice, it is an illness. If we acted like it was a disease instead of a weakness, those who are suffering may feel more open to getting help. Additionally, there needs to be more legislation based on very addictive substances. I believe that alcohol should be regulated a bit more, as well as prescribed drugs. Alcoholism is a serious addiction that many people suffer from but it is the most easily accessible. This will not solve the problem completely but will help in deterring those who haven’t yet started to become addicted.