A Bipartisan Senate and House Agreed on a New Health Accord: What This Means for the Addiction Epidemic
One of the big news items to hit the airwaves recently was Congress’s new health agreement. This was a bipartisan event in which both Democrats and Republicans from the Senate and the House of Representatives alike agreed on something. Amazing.
For those of us who follow the medical news, we may have heard whisperings about the use of psychedelic drugs for addressing mental health issues. This is a relatively new movement, or at the very least, it’s a new spin on the 1970s-era effort to create legitimacy for psychedelics in the field of mental health.
A disparity exists in our health and medical sphere here in the United States. On the one hand, we have one of the absolute best health systems in the world. But on the other, we are struggling with a massive addiction epidemic to drugs and alcohol.
Everyone loves a good conspiracy. Or, we like to think that we do, but we all know that life would be a whole lot better if the conspiracies never happened in the first place. The drama and the subterfuge might be interesting at first, but it always comes at a cost.
Some say that it is the relationships that we foster with each other that are the very fabric that makes us human. Without a doubt, our relationships can be the difference between misery and happiness.
When people hear that alcohol is the most addictive drug in the world, their instantaneous response is usually one of disbelief. Most people do not believe this to be true, because after all, everyone drinks, right? Certainly, except for perhaps cigarettes, and maybe sugar or coffee, alcohol is the most commonly used substance that could be considered to be addictive.
Sometimes we hear this idea tossed around that, “Not all drugs are created equal,” or “Not all drugs are the same, some are worse than others.” We have to be careful with this concept because it precludes the general fundamental truth that all drugs are unhealthy and risky.
When recovering addicts explore the prospect of getting off of drugs and alcohol, they can usually only think as far into the future as getting into and through a drug and alcohol rehab center.
Americans make choices every day, choosing what to wear to work, what kind of lunch to get, and what kind of route to drive home when the day is done. Making choices is a natural, daily part of our lives, just as natural as the air that we breath is.
Drug and alcohol addiction is said by some to be the bane of our health in 21st-century America. And that’s not far off the mark either.