The American Dream Is Killing Us

Protest against racism
Photo by StreetMuse/

The past few months of racial disharmony has grabbed international attention. Millions of people have spoken out against discrimination and prejudice towards certain demographics. Individuals and communities have united for equality and justice. The organization and togetherness of this current movement has been swift.

When communities join together to educate and protect one another from injustice and danger they become stronger as a whole. However, there is a singular enemy that does not discriminate. It is not confined by distance nor hindered by laws and regulations. Drug addiction is the malevolent and festering disease anyone can succumb to; addiction leaves its mark by dismantling families, constantly lying in wait for such an opportunity. Much like prejudice, this disease thrives off miseducation and ignorance.

When one is unaware of the insidious effects drugs can cause they leave themselves open to addiction. When in its depth, one can refuse help for fear of being judged. This is why we must educate ourselves and unify our thinking to defeat this common enemy. As society strives to become more progressive so needs our ability to reason. A study done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information determined that only 41% of people believe that an addict can recover with the correct treatment. This is a long endured stigma that needs to be removed from our collective thinking. Let us not mince words, Drug addiction needs our attention.

We must think of an addicted individual as a victim to themselves and their environment. 90% of people coping with drug addiction admit to picking up their addiction before the age of 20. With sub-standard drug education and the idolization of drugs in the media, it’s a failing of society that so many young people become addicted, not just the individual.

The solution is not cut-and-dry, there is no full-proof way to shield yourself or others on the perils of addiction other than never using. However, if you find yourself going down the wrong path, educate yourself. Talk to your loved ones or do some research. Armed with knowledge and resources you stand a much stronger chance. Most importantly, get in touch with a professional. Call Narconon Ojai and get information with someone who has dedicated their life to fighting this disease.

To educate yourself on the effects of drugs visit Drug Abuse Info.



Fabian Padro

Narconon Ojai, the premier Narconon center in the United States, is led by Fabian Padro, AS, RADT. After starting a career in International Business and earning an Associates Degree, Fabian changed course and has now dedicated his life to helping those trapped in the downward spiral of addiction.