What is the first thought or vision that comes to your mind when you hear or read the word “drug addict”?
Do the words “loser, unemployed, drain on society, or criminal” come to mind? For a lot of people that is exactly what they see. Those that don’t suffer from the disease of addiction are incapable of putting themselves in the addict’s “shoes”. Why would they? How could they? The answer is that they can’t. Many people just see addiction as a moral deficiency in the psyche of an addict.
What they don’t know is that most addicts that are in active addiction hate the lives they are living. Many are filled with guilt, shame, and remorse regarding the acts they have committed.
The United States waged its war on drugs more than 40 years ago. They lost that war as soon as it started. The motive wasn’t the problem. From our federal government all the way down to local municipalities, the goal was the same. They wanted to help with the almost viral spread of addiction. One of the biggest strategical problems with their plan was they instituted the wrong people to be on the front lines.
Today the battle plan is beginning to change. Even the President of the United States is talking about putting the professionals in drug and alcohol treatment industry in the driver’s seat. With a change in the plan, hopefully we will begin to see better results.