It is an open question: why drugs are attracting users in this day and age — there are many good answers, and even many ways to answer that question. But one thing seems obvious, which is that drug usage is not decreasing, and it doesn’t seem just to be staying the same, either. There are new drugs available, as well as more information and exposure to many traditional drugs and even more exotic age-old ones. There is some emerging evidence that conventional substances like pharmaceuticals, alcohol, cocaine, and cigarettes are less popular today among younger generations — some of whom are somewhat interested in abstinence as well. On the other hand, you may have heardreports about an adult opioid epidemic across many areas of the US. Therefore the status and problem of drug use in contemporary society is a mixed bag with no simple description or solution.
Dealing with drug addiction or misuse effectively must combine proven strategies with contextual analysis.
A Rehab of One’s Own
Let’s say that in the current day, drug problems are just a fact of contemporary life, for whatever reason. (Maybe this is a pitfall of the expansion of Western medicine and pharmacology. Maybe it is a symptom of the frenetic pace of life and its enormous stresses. It is probably a mixture of circumstances that varies depending upon where a given addiction problem exists, for example in cities versus rural areas.) If we allow that substance addiction (to both legal and illicit drugs) is a fact of life in an open, democratic society where people are exposed to the temptations that can lead to dangerous dependence, then we must also accept that rehabilitation will be a necessary part of life formany people. Access to rehab is also a practical facet of the society’s public health strategy.
If rehab is something kept above board and not shunned or denied by society then it follows that such services will develop in step with the drug addiction patterns to which they respond. That means that rehab programs will be devised, ideally, for various types of clients and persons in need of help, according to their numerous considerations including costs, locations, severity of addictions, types of substances involved, complexity of treatments and so on. Therefore, in a setting of progressive, pragmatic attitudes towards the value of rehabilitation itself, a range of services will be permitted to emerge both in the open market as well as in any publicly funded options — from designer, luxury rehab centers, to relatively spartan facilities.
As far as society as a whole is concerned — as long as drug addiction is well understood and openly addressed as a problem — socio-political squabbling about acceptable rehab regimes or methodologies will need to take a back seat to effective, heterogeneous forms of treatment. It follows that if there are a myriad of conditions and causes for people’s addictions then there should be a matching variety of responses. The severity of one’s addiction is a leading qualification for the correct treatment plan, insofar as total isolation may be required for some, while outpatient care might suffice for others. Certain patterns of dependence on substances are found in particular groups of people such as entertainers, professionals, teens, athletes and so forth, each of which is best handled by a complementary strategy and treatment site.
Celebrities and politicians with high degrees of public visibility and need for privacy, for instance, will find exclusive, discrete rehab services more effective and responsive to their needs. For that reason, a famous person may choose (and be able to afford) a higher quality and very private drug rehab center in florida where their treatment is combined with luxuries and amenities familiar to them, such as holistic medicine and yoga practices. Although this sort of benchmark and price point within the marketplace for rehab providers may not be relevant to the majority of addicts who seek out help, it can be understood as an inevitable part of the overall social fabric of dealing with addiction.
Often, the development of high end drug rehab services and products can have helpful influences upon more mainstream offerings — and yet exceptional treatment methodologies designed for normal folks may also supply merits that all other approaches could incorporate. A society with a realistic and proactive set of policies for responding to substance abuse can properly negotiate between the needs of people and the correct strategies for delivering solutions, in such a way that the best practices are shared amongst all of them.
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