In a recent study published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, it has been found that individuals native to the United States are far more likely to abuse drugs and to drink excessively than immigrants or individuals who are new to the nation. It was found that violent behavior and drug use were lower amongst those who had been in the U.S. fewer than five years and among those who arrived at age 12 or older.
Alarmingly enough, despite greater social disadvantages compared to U.S. born and bred Americans, immigrants tend to be less involved in problem behavior such as violence and crime and misuse of alcohol and drugs. It is unclear yet as to why this is but it is thought to be that immigrants tend to be more fearful than natural born residents, and they aren’t nearly as willing to take risks for fear of deportation than naturally born residents are.
This study has been tossed against the opposite feelings and sentiments of those who feel that immigrants are more likely to engage in unethical behavior such as drug and alcohol abuse. However, the study actually did use data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), collected between 2002 and 2009. Immigrant adolescents in the study that were examined were from the ages of 12 to 17. As for their races, about half self-identified as Hispanic, about twenty percent as non-Hispanic white and another twenty percent as Asian.
Looking to the Future for Drug Users Everywhere and What to Do About It
Regardless of who is abusing drugs, the bottom lines remains that there is no such thing as good drug abuse. It does not matter in the end who is or who isn’t abusing drugs the most. For the U.S. the nation is experiencing a drug addiction crisis and epidemic the likes of which it has never ever seen before.
To remedy this, it is the responsibility of every American to be able to shed the shackles of racism and cruel opinion and rather to address the drug and alcohol addiction issue as it affects the whole nation, not who it affects specifically.
Drug and alcohol addiction is a cruel fate for anyone who is affected by it, regardless of race and ethnicity. Rehabilitation to this day stands as the only sure way to beat an addiction, and this must be the point that is pressed. Rather than arguing amongst one another as to who is abusing the most drugs and committing the most crimes, U.S. residents must instead unite to try and resolve the crisis before it unravels out of control completely.
Now, the concentration must shift on to how to rectify the problem with the full use of inpatient rehab centers as a guiding tool for creating a full and lasting recovery and abolishment of any and all traces of addiction in every single U.S. resident who is afflicted. In doing this, the entire problem will simply disappear.