We would all like to think that we are the picture of perfect health. But the reality is that, whether we want to admit it or not, we are all guilty of some unhealthy habits. For some, these are relatively small patterns that have no immediately damaging effects. For others, these unhealthy habits manifest themselves in the form of harrowing addictions that monopolise the entire lives of those who are affected. It is an unfortunately common perspective that addiction is something that people bring upon themselves, but the reality is far different. It is well passed the time for a change in attitude towards the issue, but it is better late than never.
There is perhaps nobody that begins a habit with the intent of it turning into a full-scale addiction. Nobody wants to be addicted to anything, much less something that has nothing but negative effects on their bodies and their lives. Addiction of any kind has a habit of creeping up on people, stripping them of their independence and causing a domino effect of comfortability and reliance that is difficult – if not impossible – to escape from. There is an incessant need for supportive rehabilitation around the world, and it is needed yesterday.
Whether it is alcohol treatment, or rehabilitation for drug addiction, or anything in between, addiction is always something to be treated with the utmost care and attention to detail. And yet, time and again, societal judgement is the reaction that is most commonly dished up to people suffering with addictions. Of course, these individuals want to break out of their habits (most of the time), and having the courage to come forward and say, “I need help” is not something that should be met with judgement and mockery.
The reality of addiction is that it builds up the mental pressures that an individual was dealing with before they became addicted in the first place. Over time, the habit becomes more of a pattern, until it manifests in full-scale addiction. No matter the substance, no matter the individual, addiction turns the person’s entire world upside down, shaking it from the ground up and tearing it out of the ground from the very foundations that once held the person up. Addiction manifests in different ways, and it is something that we all too often react to with less-than-desirable responses.
The fact is that addicts that are willing to look for help should be met with support and openness, not half-closed doorways and ridicule. To be able to pull oneself out of the depths of addiction enough to even consider rehabilitation as a viable option is an incredible act of bravery, and it should never be met with malice of any kind. We must be more supportive as a collective. People’s lives literally depend on it. And if that is not enough to convince you all to switch the mindset and be a part of the solution, not the problem, then consider how you would feel if it was you who was suffering through addiction.