Name: Ryan Adolph
From: Gilbert , Arizona
Knowledge is Power
Addiction Awareness Scholarship Essay
Knowledge is Power
I believe we as a nation are dealing with an addiction crisis because I myself have been a part of it. Before I moved to Arizona, in the summer of 2019, July, I checked myself into Dublin Springs: Mental Health Center (Dublin, Ohio).
I was sorted into a group therapy session that met 6 days a week, 2 weeks minimum, for 7 hours a day. With group therapy focused on addiction and depression. I was classified with a minor; alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco addiction, with also, severe depression and anxiety. Without the center, and my group, led by a counselor, I don’t think I would be here today. Not only did I learn about myself and my problems to work on, but I learned about others. I saw how common addiction can affect anyone at any stage in their life. From people 20+ years my senior, (24), to people up to 8 years before my time. Addiction and mental health problems pay no mind to age or any other factors in life, it will always be a problem as long as there are always drugs. However, I think that centers like this play a massive role in helping the problem, and will always be my first choice in times of need.
The main consequence of this mental disease is always death. Some of the leading causes of death in our country, sustained; Alcohol (disease based & action based), Tobacco (disease based), and Drug Overdose/Addiction (disease & action again). The top 3 deaths all are associated with substance abuse. The fact that these causes have been sustained over time as well, already shows what it has done to society. Detrimental damage over time, with no change. Never figuring out how to fix the problem. The other thing about substance abuse deaths, how they affect everyone involved, they cut deeper than most, there’s no one else to blame other than that person. They’re the one who decided to stick that extra needle of H in their arm, the one who downs that extra shot of Jameson before getting in their car, or even the grandpa who snuck that first cigarette at 15, behind the shed, now 40 years smoked away, ends with lung cancer.
The most important thing I gained from the group was knowledge. I think that will always be the most powerful tool in helping the individual, and societal tragedies of substance addiction.
More specifically, the whole idea behind addiction. I learned that we are battling a fight with ourselves, one that usually stems from a deeper depression in our life. I learned that to give this fight a chance, it is a 2-part system, the first being the right medication that fits your depression, anxiety, or any other mental needs. The second part, equally as important, the knowledge of your diseases, and even further, techniques other than medication, to help with your battle in the mind. I think there should be more centers like Dublin Springs in place around the country, so there is more availability for people who are in need of mental help. With more funds directed towards the mental health treatment side of addiction, not only can more people find availability, but also afford it.
Thank You for the time, and opportunity, at considering me for the Addiction Awareness Scholarship.
This topic will always play a meaningful role in my life.