Epidemics and How We Can Address Them

Epidemics have a way of sweeping the nation unlike anything else. When one of them rears its ugly head, the news media picks up on it, and before you know it, it’s on every newscast throughout the nation. Right now, the biggest epidemic in the United States is the Zika virus. This virus has trickled in, but there hasn’t been a widespread outbreak yet. A similar thing happened when everyone was talking about Ebola. This terrible disease afflicted many, but not enough to warrant the level of concern it received. Other epidemics, like heroin addiction, lurk underneath the radar while also being as problematic as the diseases that receive more attention.

According to Forterus Treatment Center, more and more people are ditching the lesser or gateway drugs for more potent drugs like heroin. Many heroin addicts come from people who have been prescribed narcotic pain pills. The effects of a pain pill are nearly identical to what heroin provides to its user. Heroin is much stronger, which is why people transition to it from pain pills. Plus, heroin is one of the most accessible drugs people can get on the street.

A person who finds themselves addicted to heroin must first admit that their addiction is a problem. Then and only then will they be able to seek treatment. Trying to get treatment without acknowledging that there’s something wrong limits the chances that recovery will be successful. Nobody is going to convince an addict to change their ways. They have to be ready to put themselves down the path towards a better life. If someone who didn't know where an addict was in their recovery took it upon themselves to push them when they were in a vulnerable position, they could do more damage than they realize.

Addicts are the way they are because that's how society wants them to be. Society believes that addicts are the lowest of the low. An addict puts themselves in a position because they’re unwilling and unable to get themselves out of it. The truth is the exact opposite of this misconception. A majority of addicts want to recover, but their addiction has too tight of a hold on them. They try to get help. The help that's available is too expensive, though. Outside influences are always scrutinizing their every move like they would do differently if they were in the same position.

People who don’t know the first thing about addiction should not speculate about it. Their input does not serve the purpose they think it does. It only will set an addict back in their recovery. This is for people who don’t know what addicts go through. There are people who want to help out and serve as the support system that addicts so desperately need. These individuals occupy positions within treatment facilities that work around the clock to restore the quality of life that addicts are lacking.

Imagine if the heroin epidemic were treated like Zika or Ebola. So many more people would get help. Considerable money and resources would be devoted to combatting the problem because politicians would finally see that it’s in their best interest to do something other than talk about it. Outraged members of the public would speak out for addicts across the country, trying their hardest to get them the help they need. 


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