Although many people in Canada have recovered from worldwide recession there are still many people living in the shadow. HungerCount 2010 reports that there has been a nearly 30% increase in Canadians using food banks in Canada over the past two years. This year, nearly 40% of those using food banks are children under the age of 18.
The worldwide economic recession of the past two years has created a vast number of low paid workers who, although in employment, are unable to make ends meet. It is suggested that around 10% of Canadians currently live in poverty.
Statistics Canada reports increased illicit use of prescription drugs.
The main prescription drugs of abuse are those for pain relief –opiate addiction to drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet are based on oxycodone.
People are forced to rely upon charity to help to overcome the pain of hunger, people are resorting to illicit prescription drugs to overcome painful emotional feelings. An increasing number of people in Canada are living in the shadow, distanced from their entitlement to have work and earn sufficient money, living daily with hunger, poverty and emotional pain.
While government agencies put on lunches and launch promotions to end poverty and reduce drug use, those on the coalface lack resources, at an emotional and physical level they simply survive.
The cost-of living today compromises basic human values – the concept of “lifestyle” becomes redundant when there is no food on the table. We have the structures and material goods that create an image of wealth and prosperity for all. Peer into the shadow, look behind the veneer – there is a vast reservoir of destitution and despair for many.
Living in harsh and oppressive social circumstances tends to make people “hard”. People turn off and tune out their emotions in order to survive. Often the drug scene becomes as attractive as the sight of an oasis in a barren, arid desert. Drugs, particularly opiates, are popular because they deaden feelings of pain. Dealing in drugs is attractive as an opportunity to make money.
It is in the interests of the wider community to deal with issues of drug use and poverty. Both cause and fail to address symptoms of anxiety and depression. Chronic physical and emotional stress creates tension and living with chronic tension leads to physical debility and disorders.
It is ironic that those who appear to have wealth still suffer from malaise – obesity and psychosomatic disorders affect equally those in higher socio-economic conditions –having money alone is no defense against emotional pain.
What we need is a new direction, not geared to obtaining security from the trappings of money and wealth. Getting back to more natural ways of living can restore our natural sense of optimism and give us some pride in ourselves. People feeling oppressed and depressed about the issues of daily living can find a drug free alternative in holistic ways.
When drug use has become your option, the holistic way of life can offer you more choice. Replacing drugs as your focus in life and optimizing opportunity can be achieved with holistic detox and therapies.
Many people have used holistic therapies and drug counseling to help bring them out of the shadow that depression casts over our lives. If you are in despair – try holistic style therapies with drug free detox and counseling and find your place in the sun.