Addiction Essay

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Did you know that in 2009, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 23.5 million people 12 years of age and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in the United States alone (Caron)? Not to mention the majority of those who needed help were not even able to get it. Addiction is becoming an epidemic that is either looked over or covered up by lavish rehabilitation facilities whose focus is clearly not the treatment of the patient but more on the luxurious center and all of its pricey accommodations. Growing up my family was forced to pay attention to the disease that is addiction. We were forced to see all the ugliness and grief that is addiction’s “baggage.” So, on one hand you see a commercial for the rehab facility “Passages Malibu” that looks more like a millionaire’s resort than a place to get serious help. Then, on the other hand you see the terror and darkness of the actual disease. It can be confusing, especially to someone who isn’t familiar or has just recently been introduced to the idea of addiction. It is time to get real about what addiction truly is and the help that is requires. Picture this, the television show you’re watching goes for a commercial break and you hear beautiful music and see pictures of what seems to be a deluxe spa. You see pictures of smiling families, palm trees and all around bliss. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Now let’s add in what is being said in a hushed, calm voice… “End your addiction now.” Yes, it is a commercial for Passages Malibu rehab facility. Almost makes you wish you had an addiction so you could spend a little time at this heaven-like getaway, right? Wouldn’t it be nice if addiction were as pretty as they are mak... ... middle of paper ... ...ould be. I don’t see why a rehab facility can’t be both comfortable and effective; State of the art and producing real success stories. The focus needs to be shifted from the glamour to the patient’s life threatening problem. The disease needs to be taken more seriously. You would think since the founders son was an addict for ten years, according to the commercial, they would understand even more the urgency of the situation. It seems they have more important things to worry about, like how to keep the 23 million dollar mansion afloat. It is devastating. This facility has so much potential but has been downgraded to a zero in my book simply because they lost focus of the purpose of a rehabilitation facility. So, would you risk sending your loved one here? Or is it time we are honest with ourselves about what this facility really is? You decide.

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