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How Does Addiction Affect Communities?

%name How Does Addiction Affect Communities?

On the individual level, addiction can have a severe impact on a person’s physical and mental well-being. Additionally, addiction can cause major problems for entire communities, especially when essential services are lacking. Here are a few of the many issues that can arise in communities where addiction is rampant.

Higher Crime Rates

People with untreated addiction and substance abuse issues often resort to crime to access their drug of choice. This can increase crime rates in communities where addiction is rampant, which can negatively impact quality of life for the people who share these communities. The key to keeping crime rates low is not to incarcerate individuals with substance abuse issues but to ensure these people have access to the services they need to overcome addiction and lead happy, healthy lives.

Social Isolation

Addiction can also lead to social isolation in communities. Drug addicts and people with substance abuse problems are often isolated due to the social stigma associated with drug use. On the other hand, vulnerable members of society may be isolated from the rest of their community if they have concerns about crime. This creates an environment where people feel alone and lack access to community support.

Decreased Mental Health

Untreated drug addiction can also take a major toll on the mental health of all community members. Addiction and substance abuse often involve mental health disorders like anxiety and depression, which must be effectively treated to ensure a full recovery. However, the loved ones of people struggling with addiction can also experience mental health issues of their own. The link between mental health problems and addiction has been well established, so therapy and counseling should factor into treatment plans.

Find Help When You Need It Most

Our team at Duke City Recovery Toolbox is fully invested in our Albuquerque community. That’s why we combine our addiction recovery services with behavioral health therapy, which provides a solid foundation for the recovery process. Schedule an appointment today by calling (505) 224-9777. You can also contact us for more information.