Anyone Who Is Still Preaching Addiction As A Choice Instead Of A Disease Is Sick

Anyone Who Is Still Preaching Addiction As A Choice Instead Of A Disease Is Sick

People are dropping like flies, who cares whether it's a choice or disease?

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Our country is going thru a very tough time with opiate addiction, so much that now it is being called an epidemic. According to the CDC, approximately 115 people die daily in the United States. Multiply that by 365, and you get close to 50,000 people dying every year. This is indeed an epidemic.

Addiction seems to be one of the hottest debates on the internet, especially after the recent passing of the very talented and genuine Mac Miller. It's sad that instead of allowing people to mourn, people are debating that it was his choice to get addicted, because he chose to try the drug. While that may or may not be true, it doesn't change the fact that a precious life was lost among many other lives.

Who the hell cares which one it is? Whether it's a choice that started a disease, or whether a physiological imbalance that someone was born with caused it? It doesn't make a difference, we have a HUGE problem here.

This should not be up for debate.

People are dying daily, something needs to be done to stop this from continually happening. Instead of us arguing on social media over why it happened or what caused it to happen let's come up with a way to help the epidemic.

If you have been affected by addiction, whether personally or thru someone you loved, you know firsthand how hard of a battle it is. In my personal experience, I've come across some addicts that were the most genuine people I've ever met. They got in a battle that anyone could get themselves in, because as we can see addiction doesn't discriminate. It affects people of all races, sexes, and economic statuses.

An addict is not a junkie, but instead a person that lost their way. They wake up and fight the same battle every single day. And unfortunately, some of them end up losing that battle. Being someone that has lost people to addiction, nothing angers me more than debating the whole choice or disease crap. Why can't we all just find a solution, instead of adding to the problem?

There are not enough resources out there to aid in recovery.

Most of the ones that want to take the road to recover, end up relapsing because of the minimal resources that are offered. A lot of insurances won't even cover rehab, and if you're paying out of pocket then you'll be buried with debt.

I hope one day we can all come together and realize that we have a huge problem. That arguing about irrelevant stuff won't bring a solution, but instead cause an even bigger divide. I hope that one day we won't look at addicts as junkies, but instead as someone's child, spouse, parent, and friend. As a person that lost their way, and needs support, guidance and love from those close to them.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with an addiction, please reach out to the resources below and seek help. Although there are minimal resources, there are still some out there that could help someone.

In loving memory of:

Tanner J. Lamantia 06/02/1994-01/10/2016

Zachary D. Brugh 04/20/1994-11/07/2013

Mac Miller 01/19/1992-09/07/2018

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A Love Letter To The Girl Who Cares Too Much About Everyone But Herself

You, the girl with a heart full of love and no place big enough to store it all.

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Our generation is so caught up in this notion that it's "cool" not to care about anything or anyone. I know you've tried to do just that.

I'm sure there was a brief moment where you genuinely believed you were capable of not caring, especially since you convinced everyone around you that you didn't. But that just isn't true, is it? Don't be ashamed of this, don't let anyone ridicule you for having emotions.

After everything life has put you through, you have still remained soft.

This is what makes you, you. This is what makes you beautiful. You care so deeply and love so boldly and it is incredible, never let the world take this from you.

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You are the girl who will give and give and give until you have absolutely nothing left. Some may see this as a weakness, an inconvenience, the perfect excuse to walk all over you. I know you try to make sense of it all, why someone you cared so much about would treat you the way they did.

You'll make excuses for them, rationalize it and turn it all around on yourself.

You'll tell yourself that maybe just maybe they will change even though you know deep down they won't. You gave them everything you had and it still feels as if they took it all and ran. When this happens, remind yourself that you are not a reflection of those who cannot love you. The way that people treat you does not define who you are. Tell yourself this every day, over and over until it sticks. Remind yourself that you are gold, darling, and sometimes they will prefer silver and that is OK.

I know you feel guilty when you have to say no to something, I know you feel like you are letting everyone you love down when you do. Listen to me, it is not your responsibility to tend to everyone else's feelings all the time. By all means, treat their feelings with care, but remember it is not the end of the world when you cannot help them right away.

Remember that it is OK to say no.

You don't have to take care of everyone else all the time. Sometimes it's OK to say no to lunch with your friends and just stay home in bed to watch Netflix when you need a minute for yourself. I know sometimes this is much easier said than done because you are worried about letting other people down, but please give it a try.

With all of this, please remember that you matter. Do not be afraid to take a step back and focus on yourself. You owe yourself the same kind of love and patience and kindness and everything that you have given everyone else. It is OK to think about and put yourself first. Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You are so incredibly loved even when it doesn't feel like it, please always remember that. You cannot fill others up when your own cup is empty. Take care of yourself.

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He Was Too Worried About The Future That He Forgot To Live In The Present

I just wish he could be present, even when everyone around us is in a rush.

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I know this guy. . . or maybe I don't because he's always changing. He's always on the go. He never sits down. He never takes a break. He's so focused on his future and all of the obstacles he has to overcome to get there, that I think he forgot to live in the now.

And it would be selfish of me to say, "Forget the future! Worry about today!" because in the long run, our today's are building our future too. It's all a little messy, and it's all a little complicated. . . but there has to be a balance.

I wish he would take the chance to get to know those around him. Enjoy the simple things in life every once in a while and quit holding back because he doesn't know where he's going to end up.

There's a difference between letting your future possess you and letting your future shape you. We're all on the same boat at this stage - unsure. We don't know what we want, we don't know who we'll become, we don't even know what we're really working for. Yeah, some of us have ideas and expectations about our futures but the reality of life is that we don't know what life is going to hit us with. We just have to be okay with a different tomorrow.

There's a lot I don't know about him. There's a lot I wish I knew. Thing is, I've accepted that I won't. Our time is limited here, and although he may stay here for the extra schooling he needs, he'll be even more focused then than he is now.

Throw away your responsibilities just once. It doesn't have to be every night or every week - but give it a shot. See where life takes you when you aren't worried about the future for just one second.

Life is neat and while some of us are so glued to our technology and social media, others of us are taking in the moments as they come. He may be looking down at books and writing assignments, but if he were to look up for just one second he could see how much he's missing out on.

I know he's going to get where he wants to be someday, I don't doubt that. I just wish he could let others in his life on his process of getting there. And if he were to ever stumble upon this and know this is exactly about him, I just want him to know can say hi. He can talk to me.

You meet people, you set different expectations, you have new experiences.

You focus on your studies for four years and then you continue them or you finally begin life. Don't rush, don't wear yourself out. In the end, I just wish he could be present, even when everyone around us is in a rush.

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