Internet Drug Sales: How We can Help Prevent Temptation
New research shows that the online sale of drugs is a new threat to the nation. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the “Dark Web” as it is called is now responsible for more than five billion dollars in drug sales every year. While the Dark Web has not yet overtaken the face-to-face drug trade in dollars generated by illegal drug sales, the online industry for buying illegal narcotics and illicitly obtained prescription drugs is certainly growing. This brings with it an entirely new risk to recovering addicts who have already achieved some stability in staying away from drug dealers and users.
Helping Recovering Addicts Stay Away from Internet Drug Sales
Drugs are very easy to get nowadays. They are literally a click away, so it is important that recovering addicts build a strength and a resilience to say “No” to temptation. A recovering addict’s success after rehab, their success in staying sober, will be either assisted or hindered based off of how others around them treat them. When a person is recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, the approach we absolutely need to take is one of support, one of providing assistance, one of helping those recovering addicts to stay sober, no matter what it takes.
This means helping recovering addicts to keep their own personal integrity and morals in, to ensure that recovering addicts do not slip away into the ease of buying drugs online and then having them shipped to their home.
The Importance of Never Stereotyping Addicts
We should absolutely not stereotype or stigmatize recovering addicts, no matter what. As mentioned earlier, it is extremely easy for individuals to purchase drugs online, and recovering addicts might see this as a way to slide back into drug abuse, “Without anyone knowing.” And when we stereotype addiction, we paint addiction in a light that is very unpleasant.
When we do this, we actually make an addiction out to look worse than it is, focusing only on the bad points and the negative traits of the human beings, the men and women, the real people, who also happen to struggle with addiction crisis. Even after a person beats addiction through rehab, they are still susceptible to emotional harm due to stereotyping.
When we stereotype addiction, we also make ourselves less likely to actually help those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol or those who are in recovery. When we think of addiction as being criminal or degraded rather than a persistent health problem that requires treatment, we err on the side of being less inclined to then help those addicts. Even individuals who have been sober for some time should not be joked with or harassed about how they used to use drugs and alcohol. We have no way of knowing if they could be on the verge of clicking “Buy it now” on an illegal drug website. We have no way of knowing if our stereotyping might just push them over the edge.
Life after rehab is a challenge, to say the least, with the greatest effort involved in creating the life that one wants. The decisions that a recovering addict makes, how they choose to live, and how those close to them treat them and support them will ultimately have a significant effect on the relative success or lack thereof in their sobriety. Self-determinism and resolve is the only thing preventing recovering addicts from buying drugs online or in person, and how we treat recovering addicts can have a big influence on their decision-making in this area.