Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - Closer Than You Think

Name: Keila Jimenez
From: Tempe, Arizona
Votes: 0 Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - Closer Than You Think

Closer Than You Think

Addiction is closer to all of us than we may think. For all my fellow college students who can’t function without a cup of coffee, that can be an addiction. When it becomes a source to rely on everyday and you physically depend on it, that is when it becomes an addiction. We as a nation are dealing with so many types of addiction that it’s become normal for someone to have one. Every addiction has their own consequence, it all has to do with the substance and the person abusing it. One example I have is being addicted to alcohol. My mother and father do not drink because of the fear their parents gave them when drinking alcohol. It was difficult for my grandpa to stop but he really wanted to make a change. The consequence of that addiction could have been way worse if he did not stop. That’s the key point about addiction, if the person who is addicted does not want to get better or put in the effort then nothing is getting changed. It does not matter how much help they get, it won’t happen. My brother used to work as a drug therapist, he would prescribe his patients to medicine to help with their addiction. It was a slow process but like anything, good things come to those who are patient. My brother mentioned that no matter the case or how bad it was if their patient really wanted a change, they got it. My brother worked there for a few years and he was lucky enough to help those in need. In terms of society it’s all about the judgement and money. Why are drugs still a business, why is it still happening when we know the consequences of harmful drugs? Maybe it isn’t about money but psychology, people take drugs to feel something. Why is our society filled with so much hate and judgement that people would take the chances of getting addicted just to feel happy for ten minutes. Society has set these rules on people, you have to do certain things to be happy. Society makes you feel like you are never good enough and yet it’s still going to this day. I strongly believe that addiction is the consequence of what society has done. In order to get better in terms of addiction we need to tackle the main problem which is our society, the status quo. Let’s move on the business side of things, people get into the business because it is easy money. Easy money means easy living, there is only a stigma that poor neighborhoods deal drugs because of their situation. However the state and government should be providing funds to poorer neighborhoods to give them a chance to study. It’s a whole circle, drugs are still a “thing” because society allows it. So think to yourself, how can you be a change? Checking up on that old friend you haven’t talked in a while could be the key to saving them. Or even meeting new people and saying hello or complementing them can make a bug difference.



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