The addiction population is under-served and misunderstood.
Heck! Addiction itself is misunderstood.
This is a population that needs treatment and care to assist them with achieving abstinence, reaching recovery, and sustaining a healthy lifestyle. This can only happen if comprehensive, quality, and affordable treatment services are readily available to them; and education is steadily and accurately provided to community agencies, medical facilities, and legal entities.
No one chooses to live in a life of addiction, medical neglect, and family separation. It is a disease that plagues the human brain, causing impaired reasoning, impaired emotional control, impaired physiological control.
What person that has diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, etc. chose this disease that they now have to manage with medication and/or diet?
That’s what I thought, no one.
Addiction and these disease, alike have biological and environmental factors that contribute to whether it will happen to them or not. So, when someone tells me, that someone in addiction had a choice…so did the person with hypertension.
Addiction…a “moral” issue
Even though there are more people today, with access to addiction education and more statistics of addiction as a disease, I am baffled at how much the mentality of it being a “moral” issue or the thought that “they can stop if they wanted to” is still well and alive, even in the medical community.
There’s not enough affordable options for treatment, yet people in active addiction are condemned for not getting treatment.
TURE…not everyone is “ready” for change
…however, there are enough that are, but have no options. Waiting lists are always full, private facilities are too expensive, and community agencies have too many exclusionary factors (or unaffordable). Yet, we blame the addicted.
The solution is funding opportunities for public and private sectors, more evidence-based treatment options and programs, housing options, education programs, and employment initiative programs.
People can get treatment and start recovery plans, but to sustain treatment and recovery efforts, we must get people in stable home environments, proper education, and employment opportunities to help them become productive members of society.
Don’t get me wrong, not everyone active in addiction lacks education and housing, but having these options available to those without these essential basic needs would have a significant impact on recovery and our communities.
If ever given the opportunity, I would implement necessary treatment and support services that would assist the people who are actively “ready” to start treatment and maintain a healthy recovery lifestyle.
- That’s just my two Cents!
Ashley M Dais