As National Recovery month comes to a close, it’s hard to say how much progress this month – or year – has brought us in terms of fighting the opioid addiction crisis. Whether it’s in education and awareness or concrete steps toward lawmaking and treatment, changes still have to be made in order to “enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.”
We All Play a Role in Stopping Opioid Addiction
Even if you don’t know anything suffering from an addiction, you still can play a valuable role in this fight. If the population at large develops a better understanding of what addiction is really like, then the attitude across the country can change from highly critical to nurturing and helpful. Also, raising awareness and participating in fundraisers and other events can take more concrete action by raising money for the centers that can provide real aid to these people.
Beyond that, though, what can we all do to remedy the current state of opioid addiction? It’s easy to dismiss “the value of family and community support,” but the support of other people can really make all the difference for a patient in this scenario. Without the presence of others who care about them, patients have a much harder time envisioning a worthwhile future. It may not be easy for family and friends to accept the truth of the situation, but with work over time, they can learn the best ways to provide that crucial support for the addict.
This is a crisis, that much is obvious. It’s been continuing on for years now, with the numbers only rising in their devastation. There are a lot of other things in the country and the world that people, and the government, choose to focus on, but in the meantime, this addiction is tearing through our communities. It’s easier for people to ignore if they aren’t directly affected by substance abuse, but those whose lives are being torn apart desperately need aid and understanding, both of which are somehow hard to find.
Unfortunately, even just awareness isn’t enough to have the kinds of effects that we so desperately need. Despite the fact that both the current and last presidents ‘declared war’ on this drug epidemic, “little has stemmed the tide by way of any real solution nation-wide,” and it’s been a while. Opioid addiction has seemed to continue on without slowing down, and though written prescriptions for these dangerous painkillers have become more infrequent, those who have been already affected are finding other ways to get their hands on the pills. If they can’t, then it’s a cheap switch to heroin, which leads to many of the overdoses that we’ve seen lately.
There are a lot of people and groups to point fingers at in the midst of this crisis: the government, health care providers, Big Pharma, and more. Unfortunately, assigning blame won’t fix the problem or bring relief to these people and their loved ones, so we have to put it aside in order to take real action, whatever that might be. Of course, part of the problem is that we don’t know what action will stick and have real results.
Opioid addiction is not a problem for a single person or family. We have to come together as a country in order to aid these affected people. To get help for any kind of addiction or issue of substance abuse, 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 drug 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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