Most Americans View Addiction as a Disease: Do You?
Drug addiction is a disease by definition but up until recently a slim majority of Americans failed to recognize this. Drug addiction is a disease that requires medical attention but even with that known, many people claim they would not welcome anyone suffering from drug addiction into their neighborhoods, workplaces, or families.
If drug addiction is a disease that means that drug addicts are sick people. Many people do not view drug addicts as sick people but stereotypically viewed as bad or corrupt. The harsh reality of the disease is that more than one in ten Americans say they have had a relative or close friend die from an opioid overdose. As the opioid crisis continues to take lives the national life expectancy has been lowered as well.
Nearly 53% of Americans view addiction as a medical problem but fewer than 1 out of every 5 Americans are willing to closely associate with someone suffering from drug addiction. Medical professionals claim that overcoming the negative stigma of addiction is a crucial part of expanding treatment and despite there being 2.1 million Americans that are addicted to opioids only 1 in 5 received specialized treatment.
As Americans, we need to all come to terms with the fact that addiction is a disease. We need to view addicts and alcoholics as “sick” people opposed to “bad” people. Addicts have no control over their disease and will do anything to obtain their high. So, instead of viewing these individuals as hopeless, pathetic losers, view them as sick people who just need some hope and guidance.
There are many options for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol but it all starts with a willingness to do something about the problem. Treatment options include:
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you may need medical attention in order to recover from this disease. Remember there is no cure for addiction but there are many ways to put this disease in check and all start with putting the drink or drug down for good. For more information call one of our trained drug therapists.