Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - Importance of Addiction Awareness in Our Society

Name: Ayden Dick
From: Blair, Nebraska
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Importance of Addiction Awareness in Our Society

Importance of Addiction Awareness in Our Society


The topic of addiction is one of, if not the most, sensitive topics for my family. I have had many family members struggle with addiction, and faced some myself. My Grandpa, whom I was very close to, died from lung cancer due to a cigarette addiction. My grandma, in turn, suffered the same nicotine addiction and picked up alcoholism as a result of my grandfather’s death. My father has struggled with a chewing tobacco addiction and alcoholism throughout my whole life. My family has been very fortunate in the vast realm of addiction, even given our arduous circumstances.

Addiction is not a black and white concept that is concordant for everyone. Some people fight with their dependency until it kills them, and some are lucky enough to escape it. There are so many things that you can be addicted to without even realizing it. Drugs, alcohol, nicotine, pornography, gambling, sex, or even the internet can be unrecognized addictions, and no matter how extreme or slight they may be, none of them are any less than the other.

All of those things are so easy to access in our country and society, and that is why addiction is a nationwide crisis. Our country has the resources to fix these issues, and I believe that we should use them to fight to diminish addiction. We have become so used to having everything at our fingertips, to the point where we need them to function correctly. For instance my father, who picked up chewing tobacco when he was 16 years old, needs the nicotine to function in his everyday life. He knows it’s harmful to his health, but he uses it nonetheless, because he needs it. His body has become dependent on that substance, and the withdrawals he suffers while apart from it, are sometimes unbearable.

The consequences are inevitable for any addiction. Smoking turns to lung cancer, drinking turns to liver disease, gambling becomes bankruptcy, and drugs become brain damage. For that particular individual, the addiction could ruin their whole life. Even though the victims know the unavoidable outcomes to their habit, they still give in to the constant need to satisfy their urge. You may ask, why wouldn’t they just quit? They have to know what this dependence is doing to their lives and bodies. It is so much harder to break free from the grasp of addiction than anyone who has never had one to understand, and for that, as a society we need to come together and battle this calamity.

There are many ways our communities can help people struggling with addiction. We can set up meetings to help cope with the urges or inspire others to begin their journey with recovery. Rehabilitation centers can be built and made affordable for anyone to access, and our communities could advertise the idea of getting help and how important it is. With media and technology being so prevalent in our lives, we could use that to our advantage and express how important seeking help is, or make free online chat rooms or phone numbers you can call or rely on to help. As an individual, you can help a homeless person who might be an addict, donate money or time to rehabilitation centers, or most importantly, spread awareness. The recognition of addiction is essential. If people know about the effect addiction has on almost every family in the United States, it would be a lot easier for people to reach out for help or to start their recovery process.

Addiction is a colossal and fatal problem in our nation today. You can have access to anything at any time, which makes it so much easier for addicts to relapse, no matter the consequences they know they face. Our society and communities have what it takes to fix this problem, and if we all come together and recognize this issue and its severity, we could diminish addiction nationwide.


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