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The Unmistakable Link Between Addiction and Poverty

The link between addiction and poverty is not only complicated but also multifaceted. It is also a reciprocal relationship, meaning it goes both ways. Research shows that those that suffer from poverty are more likely to experience issues with addiction, and the experts also say that those dealing with addiction are more likely to fall into poverty. This may seem counterintuitive, as there are indeed individuals with good jobs that fall into the throes of addiction. However, when addiction becomes an issue, the adverse effects it causes within a person’s life increase the chances of that person discovering poverty.

When an individual lives in poverty, as one can readily imagine, that person deals with many unfortunate circumstances. Often educational opportunities are minimized, they can be logistically limited with employment opportunities, and their health risks dramatically increase due to poor living conditions, lack of health insurance, and lack of means to obtain the treatment they may require. Facing these challenges on a daily basis causes depression, anxiety, many other mental health conditions. These conditions can lead to decreased self-esteem and feelings of hopelessness. All of these factors make the immediate refuge of drugs and alcohol seem like a means of forgetting their negative circumstances, even temporarily.

On the flip side of the coin, when an individual who is living comfortably with a good job and a relaxed lifestyle runs into an issue with addiction, they are not always capable of meeting the demands of their life. For instance, they may start skipping work or school or showing up late and unprepared for appointments. As the frequency of these slip-ups increase, the likelihood of losing the well-paying job or flunking out of school increases significantly. This becomes a slippery slope into poverty.

The disturbing correlation between addiction and poverty is yet one more reason to protect your sobriety and ensure your recovery journey is successful. If you are looking for a bit more support with your recovery journey, please call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 to discuss how their myriad of services can do to help guide you on your journey.