The realities of can be far more frightening than any Halloween story. Some of the scary facts include; families living in fear each day, innocent people being killed in accidents, families being torn apart, and many more. There is nothing pleasant or good about the effects of addiction. Living a life of substance abuse, and living with an addict, can be hell on earth in more ways than one. Not only that - innocent people are affected each day and often have to suffer the consequences. Unlike a Halloween party, the hell that is a part of drug addiction doesn’t stop when the night is over.
Here are some of the scary facts about drug addiction:
- The National Highway Traffic Commission estimates that between 10-22% of drivers involved in accidents are under the influence of drugs, and many of those are also under the influence of alcohol.
- In Canada, studies show that over a 10 year period, deaths related to drug addiction increased sharply
- More and more of the youth of America and Canada are dying as a result of drugs
- Chronic drinking can adversely affect the brain’s structure
- Young adults are the largest growing population of drug users
While those facts are frightening enough, there are also other things to consider. With the increase in drug addiction and alcoholism, more children are faced with growing up in these dysfunctional homes. Domestic violence increases. Marriages dissolve and entire families drift apart. Substance abuse continues to destroy even outside of the family. Businesses face huge losses due to decreased productivity. Communities experience an increase in the homeless population as a direct result of drug addiction. The effects of addiction reach far beyond the individual who suffers from substance abuse. In some way, every member of the community is directly or indirectly affected.
Since young adults are the fastest growing population of drug addicts, what can be predicted for the future? Although addiction is certainly nothing new, at some point, entire societies will face the end result of young people turning to addiction to solve or escape their problems. More children will be born under the influence of drugs. Businesses will crumble. It is not as far-fetched as it may seem. What makes matters even worse is that a lot of addicts and their families deny there is a problem at all. Even in today’s society, people try to keep addiction a family secret. It doesn’t work, of course, because most people can see beyond the façade much easier than the addict and their family figures.
The Realities Are Horrific
Every day, somewhere in the world, a child is getting on a school bus being driven by someone under the influence. Doctors who are drugged or high are treating patients. Even police officers are under the influence more often both on and off duty. It IS a frightening world out there, and much of the cause of it is substance abuse and drug addiction. The realities cannot be ignored any longer. Every day the headlines bespeak the fact that addiction affects everyone, everyday. Hiding and/or enabling drug addiction and alcoholism only furthers the problem.
Those who know someone with a problem should reach out for help, even if the addict won’t. Substance abuse will not go away on its own. The scary fact is that if no one acts, an innocent person could be killed, even a child. Silence is not the answer. When people begin to speak up and speak out, more people with addictions tend to get help. Don’t ignore the scary facts any longer.
To get more information on how drug & alcohol addiction can be truly stoped, call a Narconon counselor: 1-877-782-7409.