Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - Quitting is a very personal thing.

Name: ChristyAnn Lynn Hanzuk
From: Phoenix, AZ
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Quitting is a very personal thing.

Quitting is a very personal thing.


As a little girl who went to a school where most every other kid was a Christian, I always found it embarrassing that my family wasn’t like theirs. Friends came over for sleepovers and they’d say things like “Can we go to my house next time?” and I’d say something like, “Don’t your parents do that, too?” No, the other kid’s parents weren’t always fighting because their dads probably weren’t out drinking and then coming home like mine did.


For the individual level, addiction wrecks a person. My dad sold his Camarro, the boat, the RV, and we lost my mom’s dream house because they fought a lot about money. Dad liked to go forget about it at the bar down the street until eventually there would be another DUI or bailout that I’d hear about later in life. My parents divorced as a result when I was 11 years old. I have a twin sister and a little sister who was nine, we were all at a very impressionable age and old enough to remember the worst parts of it.


If we go to the societal level it’s no better. My maternal uncles were always drunk or high at family events and none of them can hold a steady job. On dad’s side, they hate their jobs like my dad, but they’re all stuck doing what they’re doing because alcohol was more fun in their youth than education, so everyone just went through highschool, got a job, and that’s where they still are now almost 40 years later. My poor dad wanted to go serve the country in the Air Force and make his dad proud, a Senior Master Sergeant and his son carrying on a legacy. That never happened. Instead it seems like there are just endless frayed pieces of what could’ve been if only there wasn’t addiction. Every one of them wanted to do something more but never did.


Now I’m heading into more college because I want to see it though like I know they didn’t because each one of them regrets it. I know I don’t have addiction as a roadblock because I won’t let that limit me like it did for them, especially my dad. I’m almost 20 years old and a few weeks ago for the first time ever in my life we sat down and he told me he was going to quit drinking and smoking for good, but he had a real motivation. Simply wanting to quit is enough for some people. For my dad, that motivation was this: he told me he feels like he’s watched the last decades of his and my life wash by without really being present, and that he knows he can never get that time back. Dad said he doesn’t have long left and he wants to start living again. He said it’s a very personal thing; he doesn’t want me or anyone else patting him on the back and going, “Wow good job look at you getting your life together!” Instead he wants people to quietly start noticing that he really did do it.


It’s been about three weeks that my dad hasn’t had any alcohol and he’s different. He remembers our conversations a lot better, the house is clean, his friends don’t come by so often and we actually spend a lot more time together. We don’t fight so much over silly things, and we give a lot more hugs. Quitting is a very personal thing.

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