Name: Emma Sanchez
From: Mesa, Arizona
In life we are constantly forced to overcome obstacles. Whether it may be big or small, we are all dealing with our own issues. It’s the way we handle these issues that determines our own personal strength. When I was growing up, my father had an opioid addiction. His addiction stemmed from multiple issues going on, rather than one. My dad was in a car accident when I was younger and he had severe back pain because of it. He was put on pain medication to help ease the pain. That’s where I believe it all started. He figured since the drugs helped relieve some of the physical pain, it could help ease some of the emotional pain as well. The emotional pain came from the constant bickering between him and my mom. But Instead of dealing with the situation head on, and looking to get help from doctors and counselors, he looked to drug’s to help get him through. My dad was my hero. But he became a different man. My dad’s story is likely similar to most who have an addiction. Their problems become overwhelming and they hit a point where they feel like they can’t handle the situation on their own anymore. They feel weak, so they become weak. It’s okay to feel weak. It’s okay to feel like you can’t overcome these obstacles on your own. It’s not okay to take the easy way out. I believe the remedy to our crisis is love, and support, and understanding. It’s as simple as that. I believe if people feel the support they need, they won’t have to look to drugs or other substances to help get them through troubling times.