Drug abuse and addiction are some of the major challenges of the twenty-first century. While there has been a lot of advancements and success in alcohol and opiate addiction treatment, just to name a few, there is still a long way to go, especially in the prevention of substance abuse. In this post, we will take a brief look at some of the implications brought about by drug abuse, addiction, and some of the best ways to implement prevention.
Implications of substance abuse and addiction
To an individual
To an individual, drug abuse and addiction can be very catastrophic. When a person is addicted, they essentially become slaves, losing their morals, and purpose. Worst of all, a person becomes unproductive, hence transitioning into a liability to family members and even the whole country. An addicted person is quick to take part in crime, threatening the security of a given place. That being said, it is evident that substance abuse is not good for anyone.
To the economy
Drug abuse and addiction are very dangerous to any economy around the world. Behind any thriving economy, there is a driving force of hard working people who pay taxes and enable the government to invest in basic human needs and the needed infrastructure. When a person partakes in drug abuse, which is one person that could be building the economy. Now with drug addiction on a larger scale, it is apparent that the economy suffered some damage.
To the society
Society thrives on law and order, which provides a conducive environment for people to work, grow, and advance—both on a personal and financial level. People that engage in substance abuse are a danger to law and order, and when many people succumb to it, the society is destroyed.
The best way to take care of drug abuse and addiction, apart from rehabilitation; is to prevent it from happening. Here are some ways to do that.
The best way to prevent the abuse and addiction is to let people know about it. The best place to do this is in school. Through education, students can get an in-depth explanation of the dangers of substance abuse.
One of the greatest contributors to drug usage is the lack of jobs. Most addicts are usually jobless people, and with nothing to do, they use their free time to use the said substances. Governments should strive to create job opportunities.