Drug Rehab 2022 Round 1 – Addiction Awareness

Name: Briana Weaver

Addiction Awareness

Addiction Crisis

Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences. I believe addiction to be a crisis due to individuals lack of self-control and self-discipline. Individuals become addicted to drugs because their body becomes stronger than their mind. Self-control is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors when faced with temptation and impulse. Most of the population lacks this ability which leads to addiction. Self-control plays an important role in health and wellbeing, which is why it is a necessary skill to develop. Self-discipline is the ability to make your self do something you know you should do even though you don’t want to. If an individual can demonstrate the ability to have self-control along with self-discipline, this would minimize the risk for addictive behaviors.

Consequences of Addiction

Substance abuse cost our nation six hundred billion annually. One hundred and twenty billion is lost in productivity due to labor, treatment, incarceration and premature death. Eleven billion goes towards health care cost for medical consequences. In 2020, there were 37.2 million people in poverty. We could drastically reduce poverty rates by decreasing the amount of money needed to combat addiction. Families and individuals are lacking the resources to meet their basic needs and a vast majority of the population is not meeting the minimal standard of living. Billions of dollars are being invested in treatment for individuals who lack the ability to overcome their weakness, while the strong struggle to survive.

Fifty thousand people die every year from over does. Addiction does not only affect the brain but relationships, families and the trajectory of a person’s life. Addiction corrupts learning, motivation, and opportunity. Addiction can also be very challenging to treat and can become a financial burden, which can lead to lifelong consequences and homelessness.

Remedy the crisis

The Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates that one hundred billion worth of illegal drugs were sold in the U.S in 2013. Drugs will always be hard to manage, monitor, and control, leaving an immense opportunity for non-prescribed individuals to get access to drugs that could lead to addiction. I believe the best remedy for addiction would be making mental health services and treatment programs more affordable. A lot of individuals don’t seek treatment because of financial reasons and lack of insurance coverage. If society could assist individuals with these specific barriers to treatment, I believe we could lower the percentage of addiction in the future.