Denying Addiction Problem in Young Adults Lends to Abuse

Admitting that a family member, friend or other loved one has a drug problem is a hard reality for anyone to face. In fact, this tendency to want to ignore the problem is one of the things that lead to the bigger problem overall.

A recent release highlights the fact drug addiction is too easily explained away by young adults and their parents as being the result of simply too much stress; they were not raised to do that; it is just a phase; or they are just plain worn out. With so many explanations, there is never a call for change.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that 21.1 percent of Americans aged 18 to 25 have alcohol or other drug problems that are serious enough to require treatment for addition. Nearly every young person knows someone who is a drug addict, if they know at least five people.

In fact, recent studies have shown the number of drug addicts needing – yet not receiving – drug addiction treatment is skyrocketing. Some estimates have this figure reaching as high as 91 percent.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare said this about the state of drug addiction treatment: “Under any circumstances, spending more than 95 percent of taxpayer dollars on the crime, health care costs, child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness and other consequences of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal and prescription drug abuse and addiction, and only two percent to relieve individuals and taxpayers of these burdens, is a reckless misallocation of public funds.

“In these economic times, such upside-down-cake public policy is unconscionable; it’s past time for this fiscal and human waste to end. Until recently the main means of controlling the problem was to incarcerate addicts for the resulting property crimes resulting from the need to fund their drug habits. Providing treatment for the root cause of the problem did not enter into the picture.”

 

Posted on September 4th, 2009
Posted in Young Adults

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