What image comes to mind when you think of an addict?
Did anyone picture an addict as someone like this
Some people think it is all right for a talented person to have an addiction..
Did you picture this?
What do you think when you see these images?
Are these potential kind of addicts more acceptable than other addictions? Why?
What about these images. Did anyone picture this?
Do you think the religious fanatic has no addiction? Could he/she feel ostracised and alone in a country that she/he was born in, but her skin colour happens to be similar to a bomb suicide terrorists. How does that person deal with being made an outcast because they share the same race/ colour as a ‘typical’ fanatical terrorist?
Did you see the child with special needs as an addict/dependant on medication as not being his fault. That the medication helps him to suffer less? The person with special needs- who’s mental health will never improve. Regardless of what medication he is dependant and becomes tolerant to. He/she uses up a lot of the public national health funds ,to continue to live a life, with no hope of getting better mentally.
I’ve seen lots of couples smiling and laughing, having a laugh and having a few social drinks. Is this more acceptable? Do they look in control? Maybe they met over the internet and decided they needed a drink to calm their nerves? Change the wiring in their brain to feel able to communicate.
What about the baby born addicted? True, it is not his fault but what do you see when you think of an addict?
No, he/she never asked too be born. That baby does have a mother and just because that mother is addicted to a substance; that does not mean that that child is loved any less as opposed to the mother who stops smoking and does everything by the ‘perfect mother pregnancy ‘book What if that mother does the ‘Down syndrome test’ and is confronted with a positive?
What if she decides to terminate that life because she believes that a child deserves to be mentally well to succeed in life? Could that be the one thing that tips her over into poor mental health? She may go to her doctor to prescribe her sleeping pills to cope.
Why are some addictions seen to be better or acceptable to society than others?
Some are legal?
Some are not their fault?
Some don’t commit crime?
Some are not morally right, others are?
The real issue is that addiction has many faces and all addictions affect mental health.
What do you think mental health is?
Definition of mental health in English:
We all have a brain. We all have mental health. Mental health is on a continuum scale. There is no person who sits in the middle of the continuum scale of mental health forever. People are constantly sliding along it from good to bad mental health. Some people have more extreme mental health issues and then sometimes those same people have good or at the very least better mental health.
If you lost your house how do you think you mental health would be affected?
If you got married how does this affect your mental health?
You get a promotion at work? where on the scale of mental health do you see yourself?
A person close to you dies? your son, your dad, perhaps? Where do you see yourself on the mental health continuum scale?
You can’t have children ?
You are bullied?
You win a beauty contest?
Not everyone has the same access to healthy coping mechanisms that another person may have. So, if you agree with that statement. Then you can reason: how one person deals with a situation or experience, another person will experience it in a different way -a lot of that depends on what tools they have to cope.
Addicts who use drugs may be deemed as the worst of addictions/dependency because it is illegal and immoral – they might steal for their habit or use sex and money transaction as their currency
These are symptoms of a mental health disease.
What about the sex addict who has multiple affairs?
The shopping addict who gets into loads of debt? Is he/she contributing to a healthy society?
The Facebook addict whose life revolves around showing the world how amazing their life is? Who become obsessed and measure his worth on profile likes or statuses.
It is easy to assume and make judgements. The point is addiction comes in many forms and all of them are related to mental health issues.
No one can possibly know what experience in life will push them down the scale of poor mental health, or how far down that scale they will go.
It is our duty as a society to come together and find answers. How much has judging and assumptions helped to make society a better place? It is not some one else’s problem. If you have an opinion on it. Then you have a duty to comment or brainstorm on ways a society can come together, and deal with poor mental health positively. Don’t judge or discriminate by only one image to go by. We are complex human beings and we deal with situations in a unique and complex way. There are many layers to a person and their reality.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Pain Society, and American Society of Addiction Medicine, recognizes these definitions below as the current accepted definitions.
Addiction is a primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.
II. Physical Dependence:
Physical dependence is a state of adaptation that is manifested by a drug class specific withdrawal syndrome that can be produced by abrupt cessation, rapid dose reduction, decreasing blood level of the drug, and/or administration of an antagonist.
Tolerance is a state of adaptation in which exposure to a drug induces changes that result in a diminution of one or more of the drug’s effects over time.
Addiction is uncontrollable compulsive behavior caused by alterations of parts of the brain from repeated exposure to high euphoric response