In the addiction field, we hear about it all the time. Family members who are worried about their loved ones but they aren’t sure how to confront them about the problem.
“My loved one is homeless, underweight unemployed and on the brink of losing not only his sanity but his freedom as well if he does not get help soon. Every time I offer him help he turns me down and has a new excuse for every day of the week!”
Colorado drug overdose deaths have tripled over the last twenty years with 2017 having the highest amount.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but recently I’ve seen an explosion on social media of memes that depict mom’s drinking wine in order to cope with their children.
Should I wait for my loved one to ask for help or should I give them an ultimatum and force them to choose between drugs and our family? This is a touchy subject and I will acknowledge right off the bat that there is never a “ones size fits all” answer.
If you break the law or disrupt the social conventions and ideals of a society anywhere in the world it is common and expected that punishment will follow. Without rules, laws, and consequences chaos would ensue. The culture of drug addicts is such that breaking the law is a given.
This is not a white or black problem nor is it a poor problem, addiction is a human problem and it is time it is viewed in that light. It was long believed that drug addiction was a poor urban problem. It has only been within the last thirty years that the United States has begun to realize that addiction has infested the middle class and won’t be leaving anytime soon.
In 1996 a drug was released that would change the world; by 2001 it became the best selling narcotic painkiller in the country. Twenty-two years later we are now experiencing the worst drug crisis this country has ever faced.
Being that the United States is one of the most industrialized nations in the world, one would think that our life expectancy would continually increase.
With all of the attention on the opioid epidemic, there is another substance that has been causing problems but has been receiving much less attention. This substance is socially acceptable, readily available and considered by many to be a “rite of passage” into adulthood.