The War Against Drugs – How Should Our Society Handle The Substance Addiction Endemic?

Drugs continue to grip communities, tear families apart, and end lives prematurely. It’s no secret that the endemic is continuing at a rate of speed that will make it hard to stop. How will society be able to handle this?

We live in a time where many will be trying their best to get those addicted the help they need. Meanwhile, there’s a stigma and negative view of addiction that looms. This can be seen in members of the general public and even in the healthcare industry.

If you are dealing with addiction, you’ll want to get the help you need as soon as possible. Your InfiniteRecovery journey begins by visiting their site and getting more information. This is the first step in saying ‘yes’ to a better life.

Let’s talk about how society should handle the endemic as it still rages on.

We must be willing to help in any capacity


Addicts are in search of help. However, many of them may not want to seek it because of a certain fear. That is the fear of being viewed in a negative light or being weak.

This can be due to the fact that some people choose to hold negative judgments. There are those in the healthcare field that may echo these sentiments. This is one of the reasons why the need for compassionate care is greater than ever.

Whether you are a member of the general public or a professional in the physical or mental health field, you may be asking: how can you help someone that is addicted? This may be a challenge for many as they may come across an addict that they don’t know personally.

Most states in the country can allow persons to acquire Narcan without a prior prescription from a doctor. That’s because they can be able to administer it to someone who may have overdosed. It can be done without the worry of being criminally prosecuted.

In 36 states, any person can administer Narcan without any prior training. Because of its life-saving properties, citizens can be able to help save lives if and when an overdose occurs. Once administered, it’s important to make sure they get medical attention as soon as possible.

Beyond that, it may be a greater challenge to have them get the help they need. The reality is that we may not know that person (and they may not know us well enough for them to trust us). However, the near-death experience may be a wake-up call for them to get the help they need.

We should spread awareness


While this is part of our battle against drugs, spreading awareness about drug abuse and addiction is important. Knowing what is going on can be a great opportunity to educate others including young people about the dangers. With awareness, we are able to use the information we are given to take any steps necessary.

Because drug abuse and addiction can happen to anyone. This goes for members of our family as well. That’s why you need to be aware of the physical and mental signs that may be associated with addiction.

This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Mood changes
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors or shakes
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Changes in personality and behavior
  • Noticeable change in activities and friends

This is just a sample list of the signs you may need to look out for. While you shouldn’t assume right off the bat, seeing these signs consistently can mean potential drug abuse or addiction. That’s why you’ll want to act fast if drug abuse has been confirmed.

However, this should pertain to someone in your family or even a friend. The sooner they get the help they need, the better. Because their next dose may be the fatal one.

Be supportive of people seeking treatment


If there is one thing a person needs when beating addiction is support. When they are in treatment, they want a support system that is solid. This consists of their family members, close friends, professionals, and other people looking to beat their addiction as well.

The person in your life may be in a certain treatment setting depending on the severity of their addiction. Inpatient treatment may limit access to family and professionals due to the amount of privacy needed. Outpatient will be a bit more laid back in terms of privacy but is only reserved for those with a mild addiction.

Regardless of the treatment they get, supporting them should be what you need to do. They want to live a healthy life without drugs. They may not get there if there is a lack of support.

That’s why you’ll want to be with them every step of the way. Throughout their treatment, they’ll have good days and bad days. Make sure that you are there for them whenever they need it.

What you need to understand is that some treatments will last longer than others. The time period for someone to recover their addiction will differ from one person to the next. This can last anywhere from weeks to years.

No matter what, you’ll want to be at peace knowing that your loved one or someone you know will beat their addiction. They may also have a plan for aftercare once all is said and done. Even after treatment, you can still give them the support they need to live a post-addiction life.

Final Thoughts

As a society, we must have a better handle on the substance addiction endemic. Some are even doing their part in saving lives. Others are also becoming part of a support group for someone battling their addiction.

If you or someone you know is dealing with addiction, the message is this: you are not alone. Everyone is in this fight against drugs together.