How our own perception of control influences our risk of addiction, drug abuse and alcoholism in New York and Princeton.
As more people feel a substantial lack of control over their lives in any given context or situation, the rates of addiction in that society will rise. The level of control we perceive over our own lives has a large influence on our personal struggle with addiction. In a society in which more and more people feel that they are losing control over their own lives, more people seek out mood-changers to seek control over their emotional states.
The irony, of course, is that in turning to substance abuse to control your emotions, you are actually sacrificing even more control over your personal well-being. This is why the first step in the popular 12-step programs is an admission to lack of control over alcoholism and drug abuse.
Searching for Control
There is a wide range of issues in which a lack of control is a serious concern for many people. There is war and peace, life and death, poverty and wealth. These are things that we often cannot control, but they have a profound influence on our lives nevertheless.
Rising crime rates, global unease and continuation of war, and an unsteady economy that impacts the availability of jobs for a financially secure future add to this burden.
At work, people feel out of control in respect to their workloads, stress levels, financial rewards, hours and position security. Past polling suggests that a majority of American workers don’t feel they have enough input into the decision-making process of their own jobs, and as this directly influences their personal security, which is often an especially tough concern to process.
Experiencing demands that we cannot directly change, along with the underlying feeling that we should be able to change them, drives many of us to escape through mood-changing and addictive substances. Through addictive drugs and activities, we play out our struggle for control over ourselves, addiction and our environment.
Unfortunately, the result is typically a further loss of control that can lead to extreme negative consequences affecting your health, financial stability and personal well-being.