There are a number of myths surrounding drug addiction and drug addicts. Television and movies go a long way toward perpetuating these myths and those who actually do personify them tend to solidify the stereotypes in the popular imagination. The result is a stigma that keeps many from admitting that they have a problem with drugs and alcohol and many of those who do admit it refuse to get the treatment they need.
Here’s another case of someone being charged with murder when their “crime” is giving their prescribed medication to a friend. And in this case, the person being charged is a big-eyed 19 year old boy, Nikolas Ramiro Flores.
There’s no doubt that in 99.9 percent of cases, the first use of any recreational drug is voluntary. Even the use of an addictive prescription drug, ultimately, is voluntary. But what about addiction? Do you choose to use or is it an uncontrollable compulsion?
With the rate of child celebrities turning into drug addicts and young adult celebrities heading off to drug rehab every few months like they’re going on vacation, it’s a popular question that people are asking: whose fault is drug addiction?
Here are a few numbers and statistics according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) about drug and alcohol addiction as well as the number of those who are seeking treatment.