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Drug Death Epidemic Ignorance, Avoidance

Drug Death Epidemic and Addiction Crisis - The Bergand Group

The tide of news about the state of the addiction crisis in America ebbs and flows. Apparently, according to a recent New York Times study, “deaths are continuing to rise” within the current state of the drug death epidemic. So, what steps are being taken to stop this “acceleration?”

Turning Away from the Drug Death Epidemic

One critic of the current state of the drug death epidemic has reported that “we only care about maintaining our cultural blinders.” This may be true, considering how many of society’s more unpleasant aspects are often turned away from rather than acknowledged. Many people not only don’t know how to face, say, a loved one with an addiction, let alone to help them. If they (or we) can’t find ways to deal with the issues of those that we know and care about, then a seemingly-distant statistic will be even easier to ignore.

This is a huge part of why the addiction problem in America is so enormously out of control. Many citizens who are unaffected by substance abuse issues don’t feel that the situation at large affects them in any way. As a result, they turn away from related news or stories about how the addiction crisis is building strength. On top of that, many of those who do talk about the epidemic do so with condescension and judgment, the danger of which we have previously discussed. They aren’t committed to helping those in need, but rather seek to eliminate what they see as a shameful stain on society, something that is  massively detrimental to those in recovery.

Part of this problem of dissociation is that most people believe that the drug death epidemic can’t, or won’t, touch them. They think that their race, or class, or location makes it less likely, if not impossible, that they will fall victim to this same peril. This is far from the truth, of course, as anyone in any situation can develop an addiction. The circumstances of their development can come about as a result of a lot of different things, and accepting that this risk is one that affects us all might begin to force people to pay attention as this addiction crisis unfolds.

Another contribution to the issue is that, in many articles or stories discussing the drug death epidemic, the tone with which it’s spoken about raises alarm, panic, and misconceptions. If people think that the situation is beyond their control in any way (that is, that the situation is so dire that nothing they do will change it), then they will be more likely to turn away. If it seems like too much work or too dangerous, somehow, then their instinct will be to avoid it at all costs.

There is an irrational fear that takes over when people hear about these drugs and the state of the addiction crisis in the country. “Our answer to drug deaths is to say, ‘Don’t take drugs.'” This simplistic way of thinking does not help those who are suffering to find help and it does nothing to encourage non-patients to help in whatever ways they can. People want to believe that it’s always someone else’s problem, but truthfully, this epidemic is one that has to be shouldered by all of us.

To get professional help for someone you care about, or to seek out counseling for your own addiction, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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