While sitting here in my favorite pizza place, a fight starts between a couple, sitting in a table next to me. It ends up going so badly that the owner has to call the cops and the man ends up spending the next night in a jail. These people are a well known couple, with addiction problems in my neighborhood. But what can be done to help these people, when they don’t seek help themselves?
Way too often for my liking I have to read these sad stories, of lives lost because, we let the drug addicts run rampart in the streets, looking for their next high. Addiction is an illness isn’t it? We don’t let otherwise sick people who might danger lives of others or them the option to go on without treatment, but I feel that in our society, where we are praised to be the happiest people in the world, we don’t take mental health including addiction seriously enough. Look at the suicide rates in Finland, no wonder we are the “happiest people in the world”. But now I’m rambling
But what can we as a society possibly do?
I strongly believe that people who struggle with drug addiction, should be forced to treatment and by that I mean not to institutionalize them, but at least, help them with doctors and therapist’s to find, a way out. I doubt most of them “want to be” addicts. This could be enforced by, cutting their welfare benefits etc. Of course this wouldn’t make the problem disappear, but it would still be better than nothing. But what do I know. I’m just a kid with maybe too negative opinion of a problem that might not even be real..