Name: Mikaila Watman
Situate The Spread of The Stimulant
As a nation, addiction has always been one of the leading causes of death due to the lack of support amongst society and the time that we live in. According to “Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. Top 100,000 Annually” gathered by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, it states, “Overdose deaths from synthetic opioids (primarily fentanyl) and psychostimulants such as methamphetamine also increased in the 12-month period ending in April 2021” (CDC par. 2). There is a negative stigma in America about people who suffer from addiction, leading to a lack of support for people who seek help.
As someone who grew up in a household with an alcoholic mother, I can say from personal experience that everyone who is surrounded by the addict suffers from the addiction in a different form. Not only are they impacting their families but the individual is now jeopardizing their chances of getting a job. For example, my mother dropped out of high school due to her addiction which restricted her from finishing out her education. Although she got her GED, her chances of getting a well paying job are extremely low and now she will have to continuously work harder in order to make ends meet. Addiction not only affects those addicted, but it affects society due to the amount of money and capacity the habit costs. Many hospitals, prisons, and treatment centers are losing open vacancies for people that need help due to the amount of addicts that need the attention. The amount of prescription drug abuse is leading to a loss in productivity, damaging our drug sales economically.
In order to try and decrease the number of people suffering from this world wide epidemic, providing support and patience is something that many addicts could benefit from. Helping rehabilitate addicts after recovery, such as a prison would, helps to prevent recidivism considering how strenuous it is to try and survive off of your own resources. Helping to educate people who are a part of the recovery process could be constructive towards not only society, but also personal and home life. As the daughter of an addict, something that was observably beneficial to my mother in her road to recovery was to completely cut out the enabling, yet also provide my support when it was needed and not destructive.