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Why do some people have difficulty even after they are helped through societal systems? What is it that they've missed that prevents them from functioning successfully in the social world?

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There are many reasons why some people have difficulty functioning successfully in the social world even after receiving help from social systems. The reasons will vary based on the specific context, but I will discuss a few general ones.

Unfortunately, one reason is that that societal systems often do not...

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There are many reasons why some people have difficulty functioning successfully in the social world even after receiving help from social systems. The reasons will vary based on the specific context, but I will discuss a few general ones.

Unfortunately, one reason is that that societal systems often do not provide adequate, long-term help. For instance, in the United States, many social institutions that are meant to help people who overuse drugs encourage complete abstinence from drug use. This criminalization of drug use creates a social stigma around drugs that often ends up discouraging people who use drugs from seeking help at all. The approach can also lead people who use drugs to do so in unsanitary, dangerous conditions and return to using drugs shortly after receiving treatment for overuse. They thus end up in the same place they started before receiving help or, in many cases, end up worse off.

Another reason is that societal systems often do not address overlapping issues. For example, a person experiencing homelessness might struggle with substance abuse. The systems in place to help that person find housing are often not responsible for helping that person receive long-term help for the substance abuse. Thus even if a social institution successfully finds housing for the person, that person might end up experiencing homelessness again as a result of the financial strain and activities involved in substance abuse.

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