Today, I want to talk about something widely discussed throughout society. It’s something people have varied opinions on, some I passionately disagree with. It’s something millions of people across the globe suffer with: Addiction. Particularly, drug addiction.
The main myths about addiction is that it’s a choice, which certainly isn’t true. Why would anyone choose to feel they need something that damages them so badly? The dictionary definition of addiction is ‘The inability to stop doing or using something, especially something harmful.’ When someone has a drug addiction, it feels impossible for them to stop taking that drug. The person often feels they have no control over their own actions anymore, as the drug has taken that control away from them. Does that sound like a choice to you?
According to DrugWise, around 1 in 11 people aged 16-59 have taken a drug in the past year. I’m not here to tell people what to do, as long as someone is safe taking a drug I personally believe it’s their own personal choice, however any one of those people could become addicted. Drug addiction is so much more common that people tend to think, and it’s devastating to the victim and those around them.
Did you know, according to Addiction Helper, that in 2001 it was estimated that in England 118,500 people received help from drug misuse services to help fight addiction? Many of these people are ashamed of their addiction, which isn’t helped by the stigma society creates around addiction. 118,500 people just in England alone is a whole lot of people. If anyone with an addiction happens to be reading this, I want you to know you are not alone. There are thousands of people out there suffering with the same illness as you, not to mention the people who haven’t sought help due to factors such as feeling ashamed/embarrassed, or not knowing how/where to go to get help.
We need to fight the stigma around addiction. It could happen to any of us. It’s a disease, and the victim needs as much help and support from professionals and general society as possible.
Nobody wants to have an addiction.
Addiction is not a choice.
Lots of love,