Can addiction be termed a mental health issue?

Reports of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime say that there are 269 million drug users worldwide

We have often come across many tales and have even witnessed the power of addiction. Many people attribute the cause of addiction to the addicts themselves, blaming them without any clear conscience on the matter nor understanding it completely.
However, with all the new findings and researches being conducted extensively, the supposedly "War on Drugs" which has been ongoing for almost five decades is nothing but a sham and the amount of taxpayers money being poured to support and eradicate the war on drugs have failed miserably claiming more than a million lives worldwide.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), there are 269 million drug users worldwide which rose rapidly during 2020 due to the Pandemic.
Also, since the supply chains and routes had all been cut off, the shortage of opioids had forced many inpatient addicts to come up with certain drug cocktails causing more overdoses and deaths.
The report also suggests that many youths including women had been forced into drug trafficking or drug use due to the fact that many employed people had become unemployed. And to cope with this mental stress, many of them had to follow the trials of drug trafficking.
The truth is that, drugs are drugs and to get rid of them, one must bear the sweat, tears and pain that follows. In simpler terms, you cannot use drugs to get rid of drug addiction because no one will ever succeed.
The truth is that, drugs are drugs and to get rid of them, one must bear the sweat, tears and pain that follows. In simpler terms, you cannot use drugs to get rid of drug addiction because no one will ever succeed.
According to a survey conducted recently on addicts, it is estimated that 98% of them have gone through treatment, counselling and some of them have even admitted themselves to rehab centres for a minimum of three months.
The logo of  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Image: The logo of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Albeit with all these experiences, the reason why they are still an addict is because of their mental unpreparedness. The majority of them try to give up because their loved ones or their friends begged or suggested they give up.
They fail miserably because this decision isn't from their heart or their own willingness since they were talked into giving up. Another reason is because of the environment they live in.
An addict will find it more complicated to give up their substance of abuse as long as they are surrounded by the same old friends or if they live in the same old area where they get their drugs from.
That is why a recovering addict needs a lot of care love and support from their beloved ones. For when they are treated badly or aren't trusted by the people whom they thought would, they won't even waste a second to go back to their old ways.
This is because of the lifestyle they had been living under, a lifestyle fueled by excuses. And the ultimate fact is that addiction is a mental issue and not a physical one. If it had nothing to do with our mental capability, then 90% of addicts would've given up the very substance they are struggling to get rid of.



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