Drug Rehab 2021 Round 1 – Addiction: The Permeating Disease

Name: Anna Marie Stutz

Addiction: The Permeating Disease

Anna Stutz

Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign

Addiction: The Permeating Disease

I believe that most people in our nation either know someone who has suffered from addiction, or has dealt with it themselves. Addiction is a scary, detrimental crisis that needs immediate attention in society. The populations is becoming more and more aware of addiction and its consequences, but we are still seeing too many individuals fall victim to it. As a nation, we are dealing with an addiction crisis because people are scared to seek help. There is a lot of judgement that takes place in our society, and I am aware that a lot of people feel shame or intimidation when admitting to their addiction. I also believe that some people are in denial that they have an addiction, and refuse to address it with the resources available.

As long as we live in an imperfect society, addiction will always exist. However, there are steps that our nation can take to curb the addiction crisis. Creating environments where imperfection is welcome would be a great first step. Informing friends and family that you are open to listen and understand their points of view regarding these issues would also provide more supportive environments where addiction would not be as shamed as it currently is. For the individual, addiction is a permeating element that restricts one’s freedom in ways that it shouldn’t. Addiction is an all-encompassing ‘disease’. Those who struggle with addiction do not want to be labeled as ‘diseased’, but those providing help to them need to treat addiction like a disease that needs to be remedied.

One of my closest friends suffered from alcoholism during our freshman year of college. She would stumble in the door in the early hours of the morning, incredibly sick and incoherent. Over the course of the year, her grades began to fall, her relationships with friends and family started to fail, and her mental state was the worst it had ever been. She refused to admit she had a drinking addiction, but it was apparent in her behaviors. She would not seek help for this addiction, because she was afraid of judgment or backlash from the university or other students. This became too overwhelming for her, and she attempted suicide while I was not home one night. Luckily, she lived and was taken to the emergency room. In that moment, she finally admitted to her alcohol addiction. It had ruined so many aspects of her life, and had pushed her to a point of trying to end her life. This is one of many reasons I am a strong advocate for the ending of the addiction crisis in our nation.

There are several remedies for ending this crisis on both the individual level and the societal level, but I think one of the most important ways to handle this is to be more vocal about addiction and its consequences, especially to college students. Students who go out drinking or do drugs often do not comprehend the potential consequences that come from their decisions. Learning the gravity of addiction and the process of becoming addicted is the best way to prevent it from happening. Prevention would be the most reasonable solution to the addiction crisis.