Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - Fighting for our Future

Name: Corissa Sweet
From: Placentia, CA
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Fighting for our Future

Fighting for our Future

 

Addiction is known as the need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects. There are countless types of addictions, but there are certain ones that have negative effects on the individual as well as society. Addiction to drugs, alcohol, and pornography are all crisis that we as a nation are dealing with and struggling with. These addictions cause issues in family life, personal relationships, and much more. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they are more likely to be abusive to their family, friends, or significant others. Addiction to pornography causes people to become displeased with their significant other because of the unrealistic standards that pornography puts in their mind. So we all know that addiction is bad and causes a lot of harm, so why does it still occur. Well, it is not the victim of addiction’s fault entirely. Just because an individual gets hooked on something, it does not necessarily mean that they are a bad person. The reason that they become addicted to these substances is that they are abundant and right in front of them. Think about it. Anyone ages 21 or older can go into a store and buy as much alcohol as they want without being questioned. Now that marijuana is legal in California, anyone can buy it if they claim it is for “medical reasons. And worst of all, any individual of any age can easily access pornography with a few clicks. This means that a minor could be watching this kind of stuff, and this is how the addiction starts. Many young teens are going on the internet and watching adult films every day. Soon, they rely on these videos as a source of happiness and can’t stop watching. As a society, we need to recognize this as a problem and realize that these addictions jeopardize children’s future because the fact is that all of the big companies know this. They know that they cause teens to become addicted, and in fact, they target these children because they are an easy target. Vape companies make flavors such as cotton candy in order to lure the kids to addiction. But why would they do such an evil act? The answer is simple, they want more kids to buy and use their product, so they can make more money. It is truly selfish, and we need to come together as a society and demand change. We must do whatever it takes to stop these companies from taking futures away from innocent children. We must implement and enforce new laws to make sure that these substances don’t get in the wrong hands. While all of this would be amazing, the process would be long but doable. However, we would need a temporary solution while this one is in progress. I suggest a psychiatric counselor be implemented in every school district in America. This counselor would visit each school daily to specifically help kids who are addicted to substances, struggling with depression, or have any other mental health issues. These counselors would help the child overcome addiction without them having to seek external help. This would be more inviting to kids because they wouldn’t have to tell their parents and risk disappointment. This way, our children of the future can continue striving in school and life with no interruptions. We need to fight for change. We need to fight for our future.

 


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