ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Self-Distructive Path Of Drug Addiction

Updated on August 24, 2014
Source

Drug Addiction in the US

Drug addiction in the US continues to rise without relief in sight. As of 2009, according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 23.5 million individuals 12 or older sought out treatment for either illicit drugs or alcohol abuse. Despite the thought that those numbers describe a particular population, status or cultural group the outcome showed that all groups generally experience addiction. For example, of the 23.5 million people treated, 59.8 percent of those were Caucasian, 20.9 percent were African American, 13.7 Hispanic, 2.3 American Indian or Alaska Native, 1 percent Asian/Pacific Islander and 2.3 percent Other. Therefore, it is apparent that the current drug issue is widespread.

Is It My Problem

So many have heard it or possibly have been the one to blurt out, “It is my life and if I want to destroy it that is my choice”. Of course no one is going to argue that an adult cannot be in control of their own life, but when does addiction become the issue of others. Addiction has become a national problem and with the numbers described above most everyone has encountered addiction in some capacity.

As the media supports and reinforces the one time moralistic views of addiction, the problem continues to increase. As we stand on the ledge of legalizing marijuana and the rising epidemic of prescription drugs it is no wonder that our “war on drugs” have essentially failed.

Drugs continue to be readily available while the growing popularity of prescription drugs have blown our drug problem wide open, Even teaching our children in schools to “say NO to drugs” we are failing.

How can this end, and whose problem is it?

The Beginning of Addiction

Addiction is not easily created and quite simply sneaks up on the unknowing victim. Working with many addicts, their drug use in the beginning was no big deal but most of the times described as enjoyable. However, they lost track and frequently felt as if they woke up one day out of control. Well how did they get there? All of us can empathize in some way as everyone indulges in unhealthy behaviors – whether legal or not – though how do some become addicts and others do not. Well of course, that is a complicated answer and cannot be done in one article. Though studies have found that with some individuals there is a predisposition to future addiction. Like with alcohol, a genetic element has been identified. Other studies have identified individuals being susceptible to addiction through their environment and life experiences. What is known that over time individuals continue using substances to cope with negative emotions that are to painful to experience.

The Culture of Substances

Young people tend to experiment with substances as this behavior is perceived as adult like. Many times in adolescents parents begin reducing the amount of supervision which in turn may add to the teens curiosity and are more likely to experiment at this point. As a parent this frightens me. I teach my children about not using drugs, though what happens when my child has a friend that is curious. Peer pressure is real and the leading cause drug experimentation among teens. By opening that avenue of experimentation can easily turn into addiction. Drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and crack are highly addictive. Even though alcohol, tobacco and marijuana takes time to build tolerance the overwhelming and long-term health effects make these substances dangerous.

Loosing it All

A person may go months, years or a lifetime addicted to drugs without the desire to change or stop. Many times a person that seeks drug rehabilitation are commonly those that have experienced negative consequences in their lives. Whether it be a DUI, prison, losing your children to Children Protective Services or failing organs most people need some outside force to quite.

Chemically repairing emotional damage is certainly high on the priority list of users. I have heard time and time again that the pain was too much and they just wanted to escape the inescapable. Unable to live in their own skin, substances have helped them to feel normal. However, what happens when that method is no longer working and one day you realize that “I have lost everything.”

See Real Faces of Meth

Time to Seek Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is a personal choice and not for everyone. In my years of working with addicts I have encountered individuals who have been homeless, lost their children and contracted the Hepatitis-C virus and yet could not envision the negative consequences of their use. This is the hard part for most that are not addicts or have experience in addiction. Why would someone continue to use when things are bad. Well there is a simply complex answer to all of that. Addiction consists of the psychological attachment to the drug(s) where it helps to repress painful emotions and in some ways gives the person the reality that they could not imagine having without the substance. Then there is a dependency factor which speaks to the bodies connection to the drug. If you have heard of drug withdrawal then you know what I am referring to. This is the bodies need for the substance.

So very important, when trying to get a person to rehab, take into consideration their fear and apprehension due to the effects of addiction and dependence on their bodies and minds. This is not something easy for them as they will have to learn a new them.

Rehabilitation is a source to find comfort and to reestablish ones life. Though, with all things rehabilitation is not the answer and they are not perfect. What I mean by that, is the most prestigious and highly rated rehabilitation program will fail if the person is not ready. So do not blame the rehabilitation that does not work, blame the addict. As I would tell my clients hustle rehab like you hustled drugs; you did not give up on finding drugs and making them work for you so treat rehab as your new drug!!

Taking a Stand

Addiction will consume our nation if something is not done to reverse this road we are currently speeding on. Methamphetamine alone can become the next epidemic to destroy us in which California, Washington and Oregon have already noted a state of emergency. Methamphetamine, a highly addictive and popular drug, can be manufactured in anyone’s home. Though this substance is toxic to create and use.

It is apparent by observing the media that drugs are taking our nation down the sewer and are jeopardizing all of our lives since crime is rising and violence is becoming a new wave. Though how do we reclaim a world without such crime, violence and drug use everywhere you turn?

Have you or someone you know experienced addiction?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Weed MAn 5 profile image

      Weed MAn 5 

      3 years ago

      real drugs are scary

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      8 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Congrats on your sobriety that is always an awesome story and feeling. Thank you for recognizing my work as well and by you sharing your story your give to someone else to look for their sobriety. As they say each one teach one.

    • the clean life profile image

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Excellent Hub here and I bookmarked, and voted up. I will read more later. My family lived not with a drug addict but an alcoholic which was myself. Thank God I over came my addiction and finally living a good life once again. Drugs and alcohol addiction is a horrible thing and that's exactly what I write about in most of my Hubs.

      Thanks for sharing and look forward to reading more of your Hubs.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)