Target: United States Department of Health and Human Services
Goal: To subsidize quality drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for underprivileged individuals.
Underprivileged individuals who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are being subjected to a form of class oppression. Qualitatively sound drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs are only available for those who can either afford it out of pocket or who can have it covered by their health insurance. Those in the grips of substance dependence who are homeless, under financial duress, or are otherwise underprivileged are left with few, if any, resources to turn to for help. One’s financial status should not determine whether one receives quality treatment for a drug problem.
Substance abuse is more prevalent among the homeless and underprivileged than in those with homes and abundant financial resources. The current social institution surrounding the matter is formulated so that those who do not have quality resources will more than likely have prison, insanity, or death to look forward to. While this is happening, people with similar drug problems, who are on a more stable financial ground, receive quality treatment.
Oftentimes it is much harder for an underprivileged individual to liberate themselves from their addiction and ground themselves in a healthier lifestyle. The underprivileged tend not to have the same support system that privileged people have. We should not oppress them further by keeping good drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation programs out of their reach.
Sign this petition to urge the United States Department of Health and Human Services to subsidize qualitatively sound substance addiction rehabilitation programs for underprivileged individuals.
Dear United States Department of Health and Human Services,
Underprivileged individuals who struggle with drugs and alcohol are being subjected to a form of class oppression. Quality treatment for addiction is only available to those with health insurance or who can afford it out of pocket. Underprivileged folk who are chemically dependent are left with no qualitatively sound resources to turn to for help. People should be able to find quality treatment for an addiction regardless of financial status.
Those who are under financial duress, homeless, or are otherwise underprivileged are at greater risk for developing problems with drugs and alcohol. The social institution surrounding the matter is oppressive towards this group of individuals. If underprivileged people can’t get quality treatment for an addiction, then they’ll typically face prison, insanity, or death on their horizon.
For the underprivileged, it is much more difficult to overcome an addiction. Their difficulty arises mainly out of a lack of supportive resources in their personal lives. Domiciled individuals with abundant financial resources will typically have their family, their friends, and their community to support them in their recovery. Homeless and underprivileged individuals will often lack these resources. Why, then, do we oppress them further by making quality treatment out of their financial reach?
We need the United States Department of Health and Human Services to subsidize qualitatively sound drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for the underprivileged.
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