Expressing stigma towards addicts does nothing to help them. Stigma adds fuel to the roaring blaze of America’s addiction emergency, making it more difficult to solve the public health crisis. If more Americans could overcome the stigma associated with addiction, communities would be one step closer to solving the addiction epidemic.
With Veterans Day right around the corner, it’s important to consider the unique challenges faced by our nation’s former service members, to explore statistics on substance abuse among veterans, and to determine how our communities can better help former veterans to lead healthy, safe, meaningful lives. As the data reveals, former service members struggle from substance abuse at a rate much higher than many might think, creating a new level of urgency for their families and communities to help them.
It’s a shocking statistic that one in ten Americans uses painkiller drugs. But that is the brutal truth, and it’s a level of use that must be addressed. There is no reason why ten percent of the U.S. population should be prescribed addictive pain drugs, especially without considering the horrific and even potentially fatal side effects of such drugs.
It’s common for a society to honor and uplift good behavior and to condemn and vilify bad behavior. Unfortunately, some people are confused about the nature of certain human conditions, addiction being one of them. Why is it so harmful to stigmatize and stereotype addicts? And what should people do instead to help addicts?
Anyone can fall prey to addiction. But some people who work in certain careers may be at a heightened risk due to workplace stress, exposure to substances, etc.
People who struggle with drug addiction and alcohol abuse are at higher risk of contracting an illness. And in a time when a contagious virus is spreading across America, it could not be more vital that struggling addicts seek help as soon as possible.
A recent study highlighted the large gap between reported drug use when questioned and later quantitative tests on provided samples.
When seeking to address the 21st-century addiction epidemic, one of the first lessons to learn is that this is not a new problem.
The legalization debate is probably one of the most heated and contentious arguments on the subject of drugs. I have a hard time thinking of another topic in the area that is discussed as often or to such a great length as the legalization debate.
As the drug addiction crisis of 21st century America continues to expand and grow, no demographic has been completely safe from the crippling grip of addiction. Even demographics that would not normally be associated with drug abuse have fallen prey to addiction problems.