It’s No Surprise that Drug Use Goes Up as Jobs Go Away

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Reports from Florida show that when economic stresses mount related to unemployment, more people may be reaching for a pill. Particularly, in this region, OxyContin is often obtained illicitly, as from a drug dealer or by theft. Or it could be obtained by doctor shopping or prescription fraud. Whatever the method a person uses to get the drug, one thing is certain. The drug is seriously addictive. The speed of addiction does vary somewhat from person to person. Some people may dabble in OxyContin for awhile without being trapped but for many people, it may only take a few uses before the cravings begin to drive them back into more use of the drug, whether they want to go there or not.

When drug use goes up due to fewer jobs, it only worsens the unemployment problem. Drug use will only impel a person further into depression and guilt. Most people feel stressed and may become depressed when they are unemployed. Pills, joints or drinks may make that feeling go away for a little while. But they don’t solve the unemployment. Nor do they help a person face the search for a job, employment interviews or the stress of a new job.

In Florida, the social services agencies are trying to help people get free from the drug abuse so they can look for new jobs. Drug abuse and addiction can lead unemployed people to crime instead of job hunting. In Highland County in Florida, the county clerk estimated that 60% of those who were being arrested had drug problems. It could be asked whether the problems caused people to hide in drug use or the drug use created problems. Probably both paths are correct for different individuals.

Solving the Addiction Problem so People Can Return to Work

It is very common for people to lose jobs when they become addicted. The grip that drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, heroin, cocaine or alcohol get on people becomes stronger than many people’s grip on their work ethic. Being at work begins to involve explaining absences, making excuses for work that isn’t done, covering up signs of drug abuse, perhaps even shifting the blame to other workers to protect oneself.

The same excuses and shift of blame that occur at work also occur at home. A person who is addicted begins to spin tales for a spouse, make excuses to children, siblings, parents. The need for more drugs takes over as a primary concern in life.

Recovery from this obsession to get and use drugs must be thorough and complete for the sobriety to be lasting.

Narconon Services Cover the Many Aspects of Addiction

For rehab to work and for sobriety to last, a recovery program must address the many kinds of injury that result from being addicted. For example, a person must recover their own personal integrity. They must learn how to face people again and communicate clearly – families are all too aware that an addicted loved one has lost this capacity. He (or she) must also have a way to reduce the cravings that threaten him every time his guard is down for a moment. The Narconon program covers each of these points thoroughly.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is a long-term program – one that gives the addicted person time to learn the basics of the life skills that are needed to overcome each of these kinds of damage. Then each person must have time and guidance to apply that new knowledge to themselves. As they do so, they build a new, drug-free life, step by step.

Addiction is not overcome in a month-long rehab. It takes longer than that to repair and rebuild one's life. In dozens of locations around the world, the Narconon program guides those who are addicted through this essential process of recovery.

AUTHOR

Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.