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The war on drugs has been a losing battle since Richard Nixon declared the war on drugs in 1971. Here are some stories of some of the people who have had their lives completely ruined by using drugs and alcohol and other stories of people who have make a contributing factor in ruining so many of the lives. Let us know what you think of these videos and point us to others we can add to the playlists.
There probably isn’t a family on planet Earth who doesn’t know someone who has been affected in one way or another by alcohol or drug addiction. One of the biggest challenges are not only is the addict living a life with hardship and pain too often so are their families. Here are some of their stories in video. Because so many families are affected by drug and alcohol addiction we wanted to share some of their stories to help anyone considering using drugs not to start or those who have started try and choose a better path.
All of these addicts know what they are talking about because they are living the life of addiction and it is not going well for any of them. We know where to get help if you need it.
Alcohol is easily the most abused drug. Prevalence of Binge Drinking and Heavy Alcohol Use: In 2019, 25.8 percent of people ages 18 and older (29.7 percent of men in this age group and 22.2 percent of women in this age group) reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month, 4 and 6.3 percent (8.3 percent of men in this age group and 4.5 percent of women in this age group) reported that they engaged in heavy alcohol use in the past month.
Some people are born into the life of drug distribution like a farmers’ son in Afghanistan. Others make it a choice and go down a deep dark path of drug dealing and distribution at all costs. There are other ways to make a living but probably no faster way to enrichen yourself than to become a drug dealer. The problems for the dealers are just as perilous for the dealers as are the addicts: death, violence, jail and hospitalization. None of these options are a winning formula.
If you want to see some of the faces who are the cause of all the pain and suffering drugs, alcohol and addiction have brought on the human race look no further. From the street level drug dealer to the Mexican Cartels to the Big Pharma executives all of them have had a role in making millions of lives miserable and millions of lives extinguished.
It always seemed like Columbia was the problem for drugs in the 70’s and 80’s but Mexico has quickly sped across the finish line much faster than Columbia with an all out assault on their own country and the USA as far as drug distribution and violence goes. Each month that goes by they seem to get more and more embedded to the fabric of each country.
Over the past several decades Mexico has played a bigger and bigger role in importing drugs to the United States. It is getting to the point where the cartels are so powerful that they control the US-Mexican border, they control human trafficking, they control the manufacturing and distribution of drugs, the control many of the police and army in the Mexican state and much more. Their influence on the region and the drug trade is preeminent.
Now for some good news. There doesn’t seem to be much of it these days in the addiction treatment world however there are some really inspiring stories that show that addiction can be overcome. The path to overcoming addiction usually is not a one person triumph it takes a team of people to help and support the addict.
No one really knows the success rates of addiction treatment however we all know it is very small. If there is a success rate of 10-20% that would be considered a lot. Chances are success from addiction might be in the 5-10% range and not a lot more.