Name: Monica Yazmin Moreno
From: San Jose, California
Addictions Are Harmful To You And Your Loved Ones
Addictions are Harmful to You and Your Family
When I was a Freshman in High School, I surrounded myself around negative people and made bad decisions. In this essay I will be talking about one decision that changed me and my family’s life. The bad decision that I made was, Vaping. Yes, at first it may seem harmless but when it affects you, you see the true side of what you’ve been inhaling. Vapes contain nicotine and other chemicals that can addict you much faster than smoking cigarettes. If you didn’t already know this, Nicotine is very addictive. The more you vape, the more your body and brain gets used to it, and the harder it will be to go without vaping. Since I surrounded myself around people who did bad stuff, I started vaping. If I am being completely honest, I hated the feeling of being high, it did not make me feel good at all. The only reason I kept on doing it is because I wanted to fit in with everyone else. My grades started dropping down and I stopped caring about school, I would come home with a bad attitude and get in trouble at school a lot. My parents became very concerned for me so one day they sat me down and talked to me. I was completely fine at first but then out of the nowhere, I zoned out and got very dizzy. I put my head down in the middle of the conversation and my mom asked if I was okay, she brought me water because I told her I was dizzy and she thought it was because I wasn’t drinking enough water. Then I stood up and laid down on the couch, I admitted everything to my parents about me vaping. I was crying and screaming, I felt like I was in a dream, floating, nothing felt real. I was so scared and I thought I was going to die. I could not even walk straight. My parents decided to take me to the hospital. It was about 10pm and all my little sisters were asleep so they were very tired and they still went to the hospital with me. My dad carried me all the way to our car since I could not feel my legs. We got to the hospital and we waited 2 hours just to get me into a room to get me checked. I was feeling horrible and there was so many people around us so I would try to calm down in the bathroom. My baby brother was just a few months old and in the hospital there is people with a lot of diseases so it was really hard to have him there because even my baby brother was being affected. They finally put me in a room but it was very small and only my mom and baby brother came. It was very cold where the rest of my family was so I felt really bad that they were waiting there freezing cold. I fell asleep when me and my mom got to the room, for about 30 minutes. When I woke up, I felt worse than before. I started crying and walked out of the room because I didn’t know what was happening and then my mom calmed me down and we went back to the room to continue waiting for the doctor to come. The doctor finally came and he said to go home and rest because I had to get the nicotine out of my system. He said it would take 1 week or 2 to get the nicotine out of my system and that I would feel much better. The first few days, I felt horrible but then about 1 week after, I felt normal again. Even though I got better, I learned my lesson and I regret everything because it didn’t just hurt or affect me, it affected my whole family and I appreciate them for not giving up on me because of a big mistake I made. In Conclusion, be careful with what you are doing because addiction is very powerful and once you start doing bad things you don’t actually realize that what you are doing, affects everyone around you.