Drug Rehab 2022 Round 1 – Addiction in the United States

Name: Trevor Strojek

Addiction in the United States

Why do you believe we as a nation are dealing with an addiction crisis?

Capitalism is without a doubt the main reason as to why we as a nation are dealing with an addiction crisis. Capitalism is the main over arching reason for inequality and societal issues causing people to fall into addiction whether its drugs or alcohol. An American specific reason for the rise in addiction would be caused by the War on drugs mainly effecting the poorer people in society and doing nothing to combat the rich from taking part in drug use and even promoting it. Addiction is also criminalized, which does nothing to actually help the person dealing with addiction just punishes them and hopes that they will figure it out on their own.

What are the consequences of this addiction for the individual and society?

In our society the consequence is punishment and not rehabilitation. The American System cares more about punishment, and imprisoning people because that is more profitable for the government and private prisons.

How can we remedy the crisis on both the individual and societal level?

We must have a complete change in government, completely remove the current system and replace it with a system that puts people first and not profits. After a change in system, we must prioritize the importance of rehabilitation and decriminalize drugs. There is absolutly no other way to remedy this crisis in the current system.