Every day people are bombarded with images and captions painting shiny, perfect illusions that await them just a quick purchase away. They are the illusions that it is possible to buy happiness, acceptance, and perfection. Although they are not the only temptations, the constant tug of these promises soon become dependences that plague the countless people seeking an escape from their lives. The main issue here is that society is afflicted with a series of addictions caused by social dislocation and family stress. Addictions which have fed, and been fed, by the overabundance of external stimulation by outside forces, such as free markets, and lack of internal well-being as a result of a degrading sense of family and community. In the following, …show more content…
Propaganda such as the newest, shiny vehicle that will be the necessary turning point its owner needs to finally get that promotion or land the perfect date or the latest lifestyle trend that will transform and give people the life they’ve always dreamed of having. All this is sold by vendors who wish to tap into consumer’s deep seated desires for fulfillment they incorrectly believe they will find externally. This, as stated in Addiction in Free Markets by Bruce Alexander and Stefa Shaler, in turn leads to addictions, not just simply drug addictions or alcoholism, but a reliance on excessive pleasures that can be bought. This is a result of them believing, either consciously or subconsciously, that those pleasures are viable substitutes for a lack of stability in their lives (paragraph 5). This tie between free markets and addictions is not only seen in the twenty-first century but actually spans back through the last few centuries. One such example is England’s move into a free market system between the sixteenth and nineteenth century. Those who were victims of negative circumstances such as evictions from their farms and villages and forced into urban slums turned to addictions, like alcoholism, to cope with the instability and unhappiness of their lives (Paragraph 6). This correlation between dislocation and addictions can be seen in other instances as …show more content…
Alexander and Shaler make the observation that the current stance has many celebrating free markets for their advancement while ignoring the connection it has to dislocation and addictions. Additionally, there is constant attention drawn, with medical reasoning and facts, to how addictions are individual problems, either medical or criminal (Paragraph 12). Society is on a search to fix social issues yet they have not found one of the right culprits: addictions. People are living with damaged families and social ties or none at all and they are left to self-medicate without the correct tools they need to find the cure. All that is a toxic mix resulting in addictions that are further tearing apart and tearing down what little there is left. On the other hand, there is still hope. Understanding that looking for a cure by finding someone or something to blame is not the right way to go about this issue is the first step. It’s also knowing that these addictions can be contained by working from within, working to repair and build long-lasting and resilient ties with society and families can also heal the fissures and cracks in the foundations of all the lives that make up society. Just as addictions can be overcome, so can the problems responsible for creating a need for those addictions in the first
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It is not their drug- problem that causes the dislocation, but the dislocation that causes the drug problem. He uses the term dislocation to describe the lack of integration with “family, community, society and spiritual values” (226). Alexander goes on to explain that history proves that inability to achieve healthy opportunities can take on the form of violence and damaging drug use. The problem is more the “pattern of response to prolonged dislocation” (226). Therefore, the “drug problem” (226) is not the problem. Alexander supports this by explaining that the reason for the dislocation is driven by globalize society, which can only be established by the displacement of tradition, economy, and relationships. This has been seen in historically in England during the 19TH century, when “a brutal, export-oriented manufacturing system” was accompanied by workhouses and shanty
In the short story “a demotic dilemma” written by Carson Mccullers deals with how a parent has to be responsible and must sacrifice their wants and need to take care and provide for their family. As well as the negative effects of a dysfunctional family on a young child. Therefore, it talks about a woman by the name of Emily's that has two children a boy named Andy and a girl named Marianna. Moreover, in the short story Emily's husband Martin has his job translocated by the company he works for to a big city away from the southern life away from family and friends. Which, resulted in Emily losing her stability and social life causing her to relieve this stress and life of isolation by drinking her sorrows away causing her to stumbles down
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Sally Satel, author of “Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate? Wrong,” leads us down a harrowing path of the causes and effects that lead people to addiction. It can be a choice, possibly subconscious, or a condition that leads a person left fighting a lifelong battle they did not intend to sign up for. Mental and emotional health/conditions, personality traits, attitudes, values, behaviors, choices, and perceived rewards are just a few of the supposed causes of becoming an addict.
Our society is focused on spending and being a part of the latest trends. They teach that you can get rich quick by the use of violence. There is no growth or patience. Many people believe success should be handed to them without practice or work. This thinking is disastrous in the long run. He mentioned drug abuse and how it stems from society’s view of a good life. The so called good life is a series of climactic events (32). Quick fixes touch everything in our lives. Even the medical fields have fallen prey to this method (33). Since the pharmaceutical companies have taken over the medical field, doctors are no longer correcting ailments. Instead, they prescribe medicine to mask the symptoms. This new wave of thinking has put the country in debt and has created an even bigger gap between the rich and poor
...conomic class, whose dependency most likely began after being prescribed opiates. This has resulted in a demographic shift in the subpopulation of heroin addicts, which further emphasizes the misguided stereotyping of heroin addicts in particular, but also probably other drug subculture demographics as well. Addicts need to be identified as sick individuals who deserve the same health services and treatment as other individuals addicted to other, more socially accepted habits, like eating sugar or socially acceptable alcohol abuse. We, as a country and society, need to harbor on the need for more societal, political and financial support of better, more effective, non-punitive means to rehabilitate drug addicts. Thus, both the social and legal exclusions of addiction need to be rethought, while also replacing the inherently engrained image of an opiate drug abuser.
The reason with the old ways do not work, Alexander say, is because “self-destructive drug users are responding in a tragic, but understandable way” (226). It is not their drug- problem that caused the dislocation, but the dislocation that cause the drug problem. He uses the term dislocation to describe the lack of integration with “family, community, society and spiritual values” (226). Alexander goes on to explain that history proves that inability to achieve health opportunities can take on the form of violence, and damaging drug use. Therefore, the “drug problem” (226) is not the problem. The problem is more the “pattern of response to prolong dislocation” (226). Alexander supports this by explaining the reason for the dislocation as being globalized by a society that is market driven which can only be established by the displacement of tradition, economy, and relationships. This has been seen in history before in England during the 19TH century, when “a brutal, export-oriented manufacturing system” was accompanied by work...
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