Addiction is never an easy topic, especially for people who have been touched by it. This makes it important to improve the way in which it’s represented, especially by Christian media. Read on to see why it matters to have an accurate representation of addiction in Christian media and what some volunteer action can do.
Addiction Can Stem From a Deep Place
It may not be common knowledge that there are many reasons why someone may become addicted to substances. From trauma in the past to a hopeless feeling when one is in a certain situation, there are many reasons why someone may turn to addiction. They may view their addiction as a comfortable and familiar routine that allows them to have a kind of relaxation. With this in mind, it’s possible to provide tailored support to someone in the middle of a serious addiction crisis and improve the chances of getting through to them.
The more support that a person has, the better the chances that they have of remaining sober. Christian media can find and share more resources about the causes of addiction for different people and the different approaches that can be used to get them sober. Doing this can be beneficial to people who are willing to provide support for an addict to help them quit but have no idea about what to do or how to do it. Early recovery from addiction typically has high relapse rates, so it’s important to take the right steps at the right time in order to improve the chances of successfully helping someone battling addiction.
It Has Many Potential Effects
Addiction has a number of devastating side effects, none of which anyone should have to endure. With the right help, an addict can be helped to recover and thus avoid falling victim to any of these effects. Felony domestic violence is just one of the potential effects of addiction, and a conviction for it could include up to five years in prison. This can break up families and put lives at risk, and the scope of potential damage spreads even further.
From theft and physical assault to loss of employment and more, the list is endless when it comes to the effects that addiction could have on an individual. When it is accurately depicted by Christian media, it may help the people around the victims of addiction identify symptoms. This can make it easier to guide them to a better path before they go too far. It can also help potential addicts see the grim future that awaits them if they don’t turn over a new leaf. For some, this may be all it takes to inspire them to make better life choices.
Social Media Has an Adverse Effect
Social media has its pros and cons, and when it comes to addiction, the cons may outweigh the pros by far. This is because of the generally lazy and inaccurate depiction of addiction, which is even glamorized and romanticized in some quarters. This can have a deadly effect on someone already on the edge of falling into an addiction.
The fact that there’s a higher chance for couples to break up if one of the partners is a heavy drinker means that this chance is similarly higher for couples in which one is a heavy social media user. A combination of factors may make them prone to becoming addicted to certain substances. With this in mind, Christian media can step up and fill the gap of quality content on social media that offers a way out and possible solutions to addiction.
From this, it’s clear to see that Christian media can use some of its time and space to help combat addiction. Offering some resources to a population that is otherwise ravaged by different addictions can be a step in the right direction.