Drugs and the effect they have on addicts are not a recent happening, yet many may not fully grasp the concept. So what is addiction? What words could possibly be used to convey the meaning that concisely describes the suffering other than horrific, exhausting, lonely, manipulative, dark, bottomless, and virtually any or all negative vocabulary. In light of the increase of lives affected by the disease, the nation has been jolted into overdrive conjuring up effective methods of treatment. It seems that for decades it has been said that “the best way to stop is to never start,” so prevention of picking up that first drug has played a pivotal role keeping people from developing an addiction. This is what brings up its own heated debate though. How long can something like picking up that first drug be put off, prolonged, or prevented before the person for whatever reason is inclined to just try it and then in their addictive nature is “off to the races” with no stop to their use in sight?
What Is Addiction Prevention?
Various outlets of the media from the government, celebrities, and educators have given statements on the negative consequences of drugs. Despite this fact, there is still a wide range in different ages of people that are experimenting with drugs and becoming addicted to them. Prevention may work on some people, prolong use of drugs for others, or just not work at all. Dave Navarro, who plays guitar for well-known band Jane’s Addiction, claims to be one of the addicts that “knew goddamn well all the possible consequences attached and did it anyway.” This is the harsh truth of addiction. Whatever the drive is in the addict that pulls them toward the drug may be stronger than any concrete, very real, life-threatening facts they may have ingrained in their mind passed on from some point in their life time.
Navarro went into detail about how consequences mean nothing to an addict, “We already know going into this that we could die, we know that our family and loved ones are going to have a problem with it, and we might lose a lot of them. We know we’re going to harm our relationships, we know our health is going to deteriorate if we don’t die, we know we could go to jail yet we all do it… so threats do not have an impact.”
When Preventions Fail
This is the perfect outline of the disease because it states how the addict is powerless over the drug despite all horrific consequences that go hand in hand with using. Joe Kraus, chairman of Project VISION with the mission of working to better the community in Rutland, Vermont, chimed in, “We can continue to arrest people, and people might feel good about that, but the real question is have we made our community stronger, safer, more resilient? The answer is no.” In other words, punishment only does so much, and when it comes to the disease of addiction, it certainly does not correct the sickness that the addict has. The truth of the matter is that the root of salvaging addicts’ lives will rest in “prevention levels that look at access, availability, attitude, and screening kids for substance abuse,” according to Marissa Hebble, who works for an Opiate Education and Awareness Task Force in Massachusetts. This is where the nation has to get creative, test new methods out, and push for more research on this disease. The good news is that addiction treatment centers can provide a means to recover for the addict or alcoholic that suffers. Addiction may not be curable, but it can be treated providing a solution for long-term recovery for those struggling with addiction. For more information on how you or a loved one can recover from addiction, contact The Watershed today at 1-877-975-4837.