Every person has the potential to achieve great things. However, this potential can be wasted by indulging in alcohol and other addictive substances. Any person addicted to any substance does not function normally and all the person does will be in relation to the drug. For this reason, addicts are both a burden to society and to their families.
Alcohol addiction may disrupt the family life and even lead other members of it into the use of drugs as they try to get away from the depression that may set in. The finances of the family may be misappropriated, especially if the addict is in charge of the finances and all they do with the money is spend it on drink or drugs.
An alcohol addict can benefit a lot from entering a rehabilitation program. At first the addict’s health, usually badly affected by drinking, is rescued by detoxification, which removes traces of alcohol from the system in order to stop the cravings.
Once the cravings are dealt with the addict is on track for rehabilitation as the rest of the program will be easily handled without withdrawal symptoms. Most alcoholics lose their purpose in life and those who have a job or business will eventually lose it or close down as the drink ruins them. In the program, the alcoholic is taught how to be a better person who will be more productive and an asset to society.
The family that has an alcohol addict suffers a lot. There is the risk of the family disintegrating and possibly divorce. Children do not have a role model to look up to if a parents addicted to alcohol or drugs. Due to the stress and strain in such families, the children are likely to end up being addicts too, as that is what they are used to seeing. There is also a chance of violence in the family. A rehab program will greatly benefit the family in many ways.
Society too suffers from the effects of alcohol addiction. There are many social vices associated with addiction to alcohol and other substances such as crime and violence. Addicted people may meet their deaths because of these vices. Alcohol may be taken with other drugs, some of which may be injected into the body.
Since the needles used by the addicts are not clean, the exchange of needles may lead to the transmission of diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis. The law is very clear on drug abuse and crime. There are very heavy penalties for those who are caught on the wrong side of the law. This has resulted in many people serving time in jail, some at a very young age, and so society loses people who could have contributed to its development.