Drug Rehab 2022 Round 1 – Addiction and its reasons.

Name: Zanel Elizbe Sonnekus

Addiction and its reasons.


Addiction is defined as, “an inability to stop using a substance or engaging in a behavior even though it is causing psychological and physical harm.”

Addiction is a universal problem and I believe we as a nation are dealing with an addiction crisis because mental health is not prioritized within our societies. Addicts may look like high functioning adults, people often oblivious to the problems their peers face. Workplaces do not have adequate mental health care in place and the stigma surrounding this topic can a lot of the times be very negative. Individuals then turn to substances to handle the stress that society and their workplaces on them. Teenagers are nowadays overwhelmed with pressure that is put on them from their peers, school, and parents.

Growing up in South Africa also made me see that the inequality of all health care services also lead to a problem with addiction within our society. Poorer areas do not have the same resources to deal with these problems making them grow and increase.

Addiction has become the result of many mental health problems which in turn lead to physical complications, seeing that drugs change the chemistry within our brains. Intoxicated addicts could cause an accident endangering not only their own lives, but also the lives of others. These people are also prone to overdose which then leads to a coma or even death. Psychological problems like depression and anxiety are also heightened when abusing substances causing the cycle of abuse to continue. Addiction also impacts the individual’s relationships and their finances.

On the individual level we can all reach out and offer support to those who seem like they need it as well as those who seem very content. So often we forget to check in with those we deem happy when they are actually struggling.

On the societal level, psychologists could do outreach programs to areas that do not have enough money or the right resources to receive mental health care. These individuals would be provided with support that they so desperately need but cannot afford to receive.

I believe that mental health care should be government funded and that everyone should have access to this service. More emphasis should be placed on how important this service is and that it is not in any way negative to seek help. This will help individuals to deal with their stress, anxiety, and depression without forming an addiction.

These changes may seem small in the grand scheme of things, but it is often the small changes made that could result in a better society.