The long time effects are far worse than the immediate bruises and broken bones. Many people begin to do drugs to forget, and not to feel the pain of their lives. When the person begins the drug it opens a window for addiction. Adults who have a past of childhood of abuse want to forget their repulsive past more than anyone, and this leads to having drug problems. In fact, adult’s who have a history of child abuse are two times as likely to become alcoholics (San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center).
The stigma that surrounds mental illness runs rampant in our society today. With the power to kill, stigma shields the actuality of mental illness from the general public, affects treatment in detrimental ways, and keeps those who suffer silent with shame. Shame is destructive and there is call for a shift in attitude and mindsets. Together we can eliminate stigma by eradicating the ignorance and shame. We can show those affected that there is hope and that there is always a purpose to keep on fighting.
The stigmatizers cause negative attitudes which an individual directs inward as a form of coping, this in the end has an effect on their overall recovery (Vertilo & Gibson, 2014, p.267a). Not only does the stigma affect treatment but it also affects their lives in other ways. Vertilo and Gibson (2014) explain how “the label of mental illness discredits ones social identity by reducing the individual’s status and prevents the individual from obtaining jobs or housing and excludes many from aspects of social life” (p.266). The two most common stigmas perceive those with illnesses as dangerous and responsible for having said illness. Due to these assumptions, those facing illness tend to become socially withdrawn, have loss of productivity and lowered self-esteem.
Addiction is compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol). Someone who is addicted or hooked psychologically believes that they cannot function without this substance in their bodies. Drug and alcohol addiction and tear families apart, they change individuals who once were the best people to be around with. Most addictions start at an individuals adolescence age where they just learning who they are and how to fit it. Drug addiction can and most of the time leads the individual to stealing from friends and even family.
So, although pushing addicts into treatment may be more harmful in the long run, not offering harm-reduction and/or treatment opportunities at all, will only facilitate addicts’ continued usage of drugs. Not offering treatment or rehabilitation opportunities for addicts, only leads to addicts’ deeper internalization of the addict stereotype the belief that they are ‘undeserving losers’, ‘failures’, and ‘social-rejects’. Consequently creating the inevitable cycle of drug abuse, treatment and relapse.
Also well be able to get their lives on track so they won’t have to use drugs again which makes dealers go away because no one is buying their drugs anymore.” The origins and nature of the appeal of anti drug claims must be confronted if we are ever to understand how “drug problems” are constructed in the U.S.”(pg.92) –The Social Construction of Drug Scares The question I always ask my self is what brings people to want to do drugs? What makes them want to poison their body? When the person knows the health risks of doing drugs, I understand that doing drugs makes you high and feel good, but what in their life is so bad that makes them want to poison their body. In the article listening to boredom by Joseph Brodsky, he says that boredom is the cause of drug habits in people. Because he says that people are trying to escape from it by abusing drugs.
In Graham Davey’s article “Mental Health & Stigma”, Graham Davey raises the awareness of mental health problems. He believes that mental health stigma is still a common issue which negatively affects those who are targeted as it promotes discrimination and prejudicial attitude towards the sufferers. Moreover, he points out that the stigma comes from misinformation and actions must be taken efficiency to erase the distance in prejudice towards mental illness. Davey’s reasoning is persuasive because he gives the realistic analysis taken from different researches as well as everyday life examples. By mentioning the source of misinformation, the consequence of mental health stigma, and the solution that have been taken, Davey shows us that the
Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain, which can be long lasting. Drug addiction is also a relapsing disease. Relapse is the return to drug use after an attempt to stop. The path to drugs and addictions begin with the voluntary act of taking drugs. The only way you will get addicted is if you chose to yourself.
In attempting to separate behaviors (which are always choices) from symptoms (the result of a disease process), the Choice Argument ignores almost all of the findings of neurology. Defects in the brain can cause brain processes to falter. Free will is not an all or nothing thing. It fluctuates under survival stress. Both alcohol, and drug addiction causes stress-induced hedonic (pleasure) dysregulation in the midbrain while alcohol produces high levels of morphine- like substance that provokes the sensation of pleasure which causes the addiction.
These substances appear to be fun and enjoyable, but they will leave you feeling helpless, isolated, heartbroken, and even ashamed. No matter how often or how little you are consuming, drug and alcohol can still causes problems in your life, at work, school, home, or in your relationships. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S. 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence. According to the National Survey on Drug use and Health (NSDUH) an estimated of 20 million Americans aged 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past 30 days. Alcoholism and drug dependence can affect all aspects of a person’s life.