Witnessing another celebrity die to this disease, I’ve read so many articles on the matter. And this is heartbreaking in so many ways. This disease is fatal, regardless of what material things you may or may not have. People die every day. What disturbs me regarding this, besides that lives are lost when there is a solution, is that this tragedy has a national stage and so many articles misrepresent the disease. In one article it stated that the young man “decided” to get high. If one has knowledge regarding this illness, than they know that addicts don’t just decide to get high. This disease centers in the mind and addicts lack any sanity in regards to picking the substance up. What they are battling is horrific emotional turmoil and a mental obsession which no human power can overcome. If a non-addicted individual has sufficient reason to stop and stay stopped they can. With addicts we can’t. I mean with my experience all those years would you really believe that I enjoyed being in all that pain? In light of things do you believe I would choose to go down that path?
Also, this young man was sited drinking days before the overdose. An inaccurate belief is that if you are a drug addict then you can drink. Any mind altering substance can set this disease in motion. Addicts and alcoholics have this physical craving that once they put any substance into their body they lose all control over what might happen next. Addicts have an unusual reaction to any mind altering substance, an allergy. With that being said, the main substance I used was methamphetamine I believed before treatment that when I got out that I would be able to drink. I thought that meth was my problem. Simply, meth was the solution to my problem.
So what causes addiction? Is it bad parenting? Is it the crowd that the addict hangs out with? Was there anything that you could’ve done to prevent this? When looking at addiction there are so many studies that look at environmental factors along with genetics. These studies consistently show that addiction is inherited. The gene isn’t triggered until after the individual puts a mind altering substance into their body. Researches have done studies based on adoption. They would look at a child of an alcoholic who was placed in a nonalcoholic home. The study showed that the individual was 4 times more likely to become addicted. This specifically shows the separation of genetic versus environment. There have been studies based on twins. The study showed that identical twins were more likely to match than fraternal twins. This demonstrates that, again, environment has little to do with the disease. Since identical twins match in genetic make-up, while fraternal twins are similar in there genetics. Both twins would be raised in the same environment. There have been genes found that aid the process, and can make one more likely to crave alcohol. Also, these studies show that while environment might have a small role in it, it is not the cause. Addiction is a disease, and so forth it is an internal condition. External circumstances have little to do with it. Whether a traumatic experience happened to your loved one or not they were going to be an addict. I am not saying that a traumatic experience doesn’t help aid the addiction, and make matters worse, just that if your loved one had the disease they had the disease. All of these external situations might play a part in the progression of the illness, but they do not cause it.