Addiction and the Recession
Across the U.S. there are countless millions struggling with addiction and the recession is both highlighting this previously existing problem as well as causing the need for treatment to become apparent as well.
Addiction and The State of the Nation
The recession is rough on everyone. From farms to inner city shop owners the recession is disrupting literally everything about the lives of Americans today. Everywhere you look there is uncertainties, disappointment and lack of trust in the basic stable culture we know as U.S. citizens. For the millions currently addicted to drugs and alcohol this is merely a heightened form of how they already experience the world around them.
A person addicted becomes ultimately overwhelmed by life. Every argument, financial struggle and social agitation can seem like a catastrophe to those who’s attention is completely distracted by their drug and alcohol use and the problems created by that usage.
When you add to this misery a nation in peril from recession’s lost jobs, home foreclosures, poverty bound families and constant alerts from the media that things are only getting worse, you wind up completely collapsing an individual who would have previously been able to hand on.
When this collapse occurs, drug and alcohol use escalates. The legal, familial and economic factors around the person addicted become worse and more exaggerated. Wives leave, addict’s get arrested and employers who used to tolerate lateness and non-production now can’t afford too. This sets the stage for a huge plunge down the spiral of addiction that only has 3 ends, death, long term imprisonment or recovery.
This then can be a good thing for some. This recession driven chaos can ultimately produce a new awareness of an ongoing addiction problem and make it real to the individual addicted that he/she simply can’t manage life and therefore must seek help if they are to every restore any kind of quality to their existence.
Of course, this can be the windfall a loving family has been waiting on because it means they now have a possibility of restoring the person they love back to condition of being a part of the family instead of someone who is ripping the family apart.
Once the individual realizes that they must get help, the family would be advised to seek that help immediately. Especially in this day and age, families need every member contributing anything they can. This includes some of the most creative and intelligent people alive whom have also fallen prey to substance abuse problems. Getting the person treatment doesn’t just save the life of someone you love. It can also mean continued survival for a family struggling to make ends meet.