What a lot of people do not understand about drug and alcohol addiction and recovery from addiction in general is that the problem will follow people long after they have beaten addiction and come out successful and recovered in the long run. Especially with minorities, young adults, senior citizens, LGBTQ individuals, etc. breaking away from the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction is especially difficult.
The real problem here too is that drug and alcohol addiction has become a very common and very real issue that seems to only get worse and worse as the years go by. Drug and alcohol addiction has gotten so common and so prevalent in society today that the stigma and the stereotyping and profiling that occurs because of drug and alcohol addiction is more serious and more prevalent now than it ever was before. Truly a harsh and difficult issue to say the least, and one that is not likely to get any better any time soon.
The issue with drug and alcohol addiction has gotten so bad that governmental organizations have begun to report on it and study it, all to try to figure out something to do about it. Some of these organizations have been groups like the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Substance Abuse and Health Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For just an insight into some of the facts on this issue, consider this from the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
- “When asked how prescription opioids were obtained for non-medical use, more than half of the 12th graders surveyed said they were given the drugs or bought them from a friend or relative. Interestingly, the number of students who purchased opioids over the Internet was negligible.”
- “Youth who abuse prescription medications are also more likely to report use of other drugs. Multiple studies have revealed associations between prescription drug abuse and higher rates of cigarette smoking; heavy episodic drinking; and marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drug use among adolescents, young adults, and college students in the United States.”
Drug and alcohol addiction can be handled effectively, but it will take a lot of work and a lot of effort to do so. Even when one has escaped addiction, there are still hard times and tough battles to win in life after that.
Recovered Addict Minorities Beating the Stereotype in the Workplace
One stereotype is bad enough. Being a minority is tough enough even in this day and age, but to be a minority with an addiction in his or her past? That is painful. For such individuals, my best advice to them is to bring the heat and apply themselves 110% to their lives. The simple truth of the matter is that minorities who are also recovered addicts simply need to apply themselves and work twice as hard as non-minorities.
There is nothing to be gained from complaining about one’s situation, whether they were born into it or not. That is never going to get anyone anywhere. Truthfully, wouldn’t it be far better to actually do something about it? The great thing about working twice as hard and just really applying yourself to your recovery and to engaging yourself in your sobriety is that you will benefit from it in more ways than one. You will actually benefit greatly from such an approach, and you will be thrilled in the long run because you went the extra mile and you really did what you had to do to not only maintain your sobriety but also because you did what you had to do to be successful in the long run.