Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 – Addiction Does Not Discriminate


Addiction Does Not Discriminate

Addiction Does Not Discriminate

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live” (Jim Rohn). Our bodies are working 24/7 and they should not be repaid with substance abuse. Addiction affects people regardless of race, gender, religion, etc. I believe we as a nation are dealing with an addiction crisis due to lack of resources. Resources come in many forms. This can be parental guidance, monetary resources, counseling centers, etc. Many people dealing with addiction, have a parent or relative facing the same issue. Genetics and your upbringing play a huge role in the susceptibility to addiction. If a parent uses a substance frequently in front of their kid, the kid is more likely to pick up that habit early on and later form an addiction. Some people also fall into addiction due to external stressors and mental health issues. Money is considered to be a significant stressor. Loss of a job or expensive medical bills can be monetary stressors that can cause someone to fall victim to addiction. Another reason we are dealing with such a large crisis is because of the lack of support or counseling centers. There are not many available, and if so, they are very costly. This high price tag scares away people from seeking the help they need.

The consequences for addiction can be severe. Depending on the substance one is addicted to, your health can become permanently damaged. Addiction can also ruin your professional, family, and romantic relationships. An addict may also be ostracized from society. In addition to this, there will be a hole in your pocket from the money you burned through to fuel your addiction. The substance an addict is abusing may be illegal, leading to a string of legal issues.

We as a society need to come together and support one another. I believe that our government should increase funding towards mental health services and rehabilitation centers. This would make treatment more accessible to those who cannot afford it. We as individuals need to be more conscious about what we put into our bodies. We only have one body and we need to take care of it. On top of this, we should try to fix the problem at the root. Drugs and other harmful substances should not be marketed towards children or teens whose brains are not fully developed yet. Many drug companies try to hook in new addicts while they’re young, since they are more likely to form an addiction. Marketing schemes like these are very harmful, and should not be allowed. I am confident that our nation will be able to overcome our addiction crisis by putting our best foot forward and actively help those in need.