America: The land of the free and the home of the brave. A nation founded on Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Equality, and Opportunity. All of which reportedly are part of the foundations of this booming first world power. Since the United States’ inception in the 1700s, nobody has declared us to be less than. Sure the country’s gone thru some tough times- and still is. We are constantly on the brink of war with somebody or something, we shovel money to other countries while we remain shackled to mass debt, and we are number one in the world for obesity-related health issues. However, nobody declared us “not great” until Trump stormed the White House.
Our Cheeto colored president marched into office in a way that mirrors something you’d see in a fictitious movie about political scandals. Yet, here we are dealing with the brunt of this reality. New laws are literally made up all of the time while once concrete practicalities are rescinded left and right. Staff turnover is at an all-time high for any presidential administration has been in office- specifically one that has only been in office for a year. For heaven’s sake, a 24-year-old was just brought in to be put in charge of the drug policy office! The White House staff are resigning faster than Nixon could’ve said “Watergate”, and still, there seems to be no end in sight to the ludicrous ways of Donald.
Yet this isn’t specifically about Mr. Trump and his infamous methods of staying in the headlines. To his credit, the president has done a bit of good for the United States. However, this is about the rising power of addiction in the United States and what we are doing to combat it. It’s getting ugly out there. Ronald Wilson Reagan said it best, “Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is”. Maybe less understood at the time, but he saw what we see now: addiction isn’t going anywhere.
Addiction has run rampant in human beings for as long as time can tell. It’s this type of obsessive thinking that takes hold of a person and encourages only behaviors that feed the addiction- by whatever means necessary. Morals, values, and social norms all fade to grey as life begins to revolve around whatever euphoric substance has been determined. Back in the day, there wasn’t much that could be done about it. Most drank themselves to death or were committed to insane asylums for their inability to not imbibe.
The idea that addiction is a disease explains the mannerisms of people that are mentally ill when you really take a gander at it. Addiction is a disease that literally steals your soul as it envelops the person inflicted into a world of delusion. However, the arguable counterpoint is that addiction is not so much like a disease but a cluster of obsessions and illnesses in an off mindset. The fact that it is a set of behaviors that can be corrected is where the line in the sand is drawn for the skeptics. Nonetheless, dependency often requires that medical assistance. Assistance requires funding. Funding requires government officials in charge of the drug policy office and other commissions.
Stepping Up to the Plate
It is a disease thru and thru that must be treated as such. So when President Trump appointed Taylor Weyeneth to lead the drug policy office, it’s pretty understandable why masses of people were outraged. You wouldn’t put somebody with very little knowledge of cancer in charge of the American Cancer Society. It wouldn’t make sense! There is an opioid epidemic creating a chemical genocide in this country that can no longer be cold-shouldered.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy has been around since 1988 and has implemented a form of structure to the country that helps dramatically reduce drug-related crime, violence, and health-related issues. Thru presidential advisory, the drug policy office even has grant programs such as Drug-Free Communities. This is essentially a program that combines many different entities working together to reduce youth drug abuse. These different coalitions include:
- Youth Serving Organizations
- Law Enforcement
- Religious/Fraternal Organizations
- Civic/Volunteer Groups
- Healthcare Professionals
- State, Local, or Tribal Governmental Agencies
- Other Organizations Involved in Substance Abuse Reduction
The point here is that the drug policy office has been an advocate of the people for nearly 30 years but everybody is wondering when the president’s commission will truly step up their game.
Young, Dumb, and Too Much Income
Addiction numbers have been rising for years, but its the onslaught of pharmaceuticals that plagues this nation. To add insult to that injury, it seems that the drug policy office has just been ignoring it. Could this be due to the fact that there is still money to be made? Certainly, all our country’s morals and every aspect of this drug crisis can be rationalized by the annual fiscal return. What a shame. It almost makes you wonder if Trump’s public address about the nation being in a state of emergency was all crocodile tears.
Having appointed Taylor Weyeneth as deputy chief of the drug policy office has most worried not only because of his age, which correlates lack of knowledge and experience in the field but also because of a very unclear background that rings of shadiness. Of public files that can be pulled up including resumes, references, and even charity work, there are many inconsistencies from one document to the next. Whether there are some discrepancies there or not, most have come to expect this kind of impulsivity from the president.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to perception. Though Taylor may be on board with an unfavorited administration, there may still be a little hope out there. Fortunately, the young gunner will not be running the drug policy office entirely alone.
Avoid the Plague
For far too long, addicts have been suffering from limited assistance and prevention available. Many will never have the privilege to be educated properly of their disease or fully understand the dangers of chemical dependency. Take advantage of that opportunity if possible- it’d be the best decision ever made. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need help, please call 1-866-663-3030 or visit www.pasadenarecoverycenter.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.