Name: Zoey Ford
From: Kansas City, Missouri
A Personal Experience
A Personal Experience
As human beings, we are faced with many tribulations in our lifetime. Some are luckier than others. In general, we don’t want to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, so instead of facing our pain and letting ourselves grieve or process what has happened, we numb ourselves. People are able to escape from their problems for a while when they drink alcohol or do drugs. However, it is only a temporary fix, which only causes addiction as people want themselves to be numb for longer. It also continues to spread through genetics or growing up in an environment surrounded by addiction.
Addiction is life-changing to individuals and society. I witnessed the tormenting cycle of substance abuse, as both of my parents are drug addicts and alcoholics. Unlike many children, I was saved from this rough life when my Grandmother became my legal guardian and raised me. Nevertheless, my mother wasn’t a part of my life for 14 years of my life and my father never tries to contact me. Addiction can be a long cycle when not faced with the correct help. Just as you think a loved one is starting to get their life together, they may fall off the wagon again and turn back to their addiction. It’s the only thing they know to do after so many years. When I was a little kid my Grandmother kept me away from the harsh realities of addiction by telling me that my parents were too sick to raise me. I used to be so mad that I didn’t have parents that could raise me and I didn’t understand why they were sick. I thought they didn’t love me, but as I got older I understood that they still loved me and that they needed to help themselves before they could be with me. Today, my mother has been sober for a couple of years and I am very proud of how far she has come. I now realize that if she can turn her life around for the better, anyone can.
Everyone needs to be educated on addiction. In the past, many people blamed and bullied others who struggled with addiction. Today, we are able to acknowledge that addiction is an illness and it is not something that someone chooses. They might have chosen to take that one drink or do that one drug, but once addiction settles in, it is tough to resist. For someone to become sober, they need many people who will support them through the ups and downs. The most important part of recovery is that the individual wants to get better for themselves if not, they won’t succeed. Rehab centers and AA meetings will always be one of the best resources for the people who need help. They can not do it alone, they need everyone’s help.
I hope that as the years go by addiction starts to fade. I truly believe that by working hard to give everyone the resources they need, we can reduce addiction and have a better world.