In 2014, it was estimated that 21.5 million Americans were said to be regular marijuana users. That was up from the previous year which had 19.5 million users. Seems that no matter what is done to prevent the drug abuse problem in the United States, there are always going to be those who struggle with addiction and the inability to face life head on.
However, have you ever considered that one of the reasons that we, as a country, continue to struggle with drugs is simply because there is not enough help available? Below are a few reasons that might be the case.
The Laborers Are Few
Have you ever been to a church that eventually had to close its doors because there simply wasn’t anyone to help run it? We have all experienced an extremely slow drive through service at our favorite fast food restaurant because they just happened to be shorthanded that day. Rehabilitation centers are suffering the same dilemma.
It seems that more than a few members of the world, in general, have decided that the battle on drugs is not worth fighting. The number of students majoring in the skills needed to help in recovery are dwindling each year and the pressures of everyday life always make volunteers hard to come by.
Not Enough Beds
There are more than 13,500 rehab centers in the United States and most stay filled to capacity. This allows nearly 2.5 million addicts to receive the help they need. Remember how many marijuana addicts there are?
That means that 19.5 million of them will have to go without treatment simply because there are not enough beds to put them in. This does not even address the countless other types of addictions that require help to recover. Looking for a new business venture? Provide help to the millions of Americans that want help, but just can’t find a vacancy.
Not Enough Time
Baking a cake for only 10 minutes will more than likely leave you with a doughy middle. If you leave your toddler in time out for only two minutes when you clearly stated they had to remain there for five, you raise a child who doesn’t respect the laws of crime and consequence.
Likewise, if an addict doesn’t spend enough time in a rehabilitation center, the possibility of relapse skyrockets. There are a few things in life that demand the dedication of a lengthy amount of time and attention in order to be taken care of the way they need to be. Our mental, physical, and spiritual health are three of them.
However, because there are so many people that need the services of a good rehab and so few of them to offer those services, some feel rushed to make space for incoming addicts.
The rehabilitation centers in America are striving to meet the growing needs of millions of people addicted to an array of things. Make sure to do all that you can to support them on their way to successful treatment.