A video on YouTube presented by In a Nutshell, that is related to Johann Hari’s New York Times best-selling book known as ‘Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’, explains the reasons as to why people actually become addicted to terrible drugs such as heroin.
When a person becomes addicted to drugs, they are either shunned from their families and friends then expected to turn themselves into rehab, or even worse like throwing them in jail where they are constantly shamed for being a drug addict.
The people who were once considered loved ones that are now shouting and spewing vulgar names at the other person is the opposite of doing that person any good whatsoever. If people are truly to become fully recovered from their addiction, we must create something in the likeness that the video describes to us; Rat Park. If we were able to create an atmosphere/environment that allows people who have become addicted to drugs to let them interact and be happy with the peers among them, addiction would no longer be an issue.
I can relate to this problem and agree with what this video has to say. It was a rough road being an addict. People looking at me differently, calling me names, and ignoring my calls/texts. The mental toll that others have our psyche is strong and when driven away from our loved ones, we resort to hardcore drugs that make us feel things that we should normally get from human interaction.
Treating every addict as if they’re a criminal is making us advance in the opposite direction of progress. Now is the time more than ever to figure out numerous ways to help the people who desperately no longer want to be addicted to drugs.