Name: Jenica Bosko
From: Tucson, AZ
Hello my name is Jenica Bosko and in this essay I’ll be talking about myself particularly why I am asking for this scholarship and the importance of it. Well it all started about 10 (almost 11) years ago when my parents got divorced and my dad quickly got married. My autistic brother and two sisters didn’t see this coming at all but basically our step mom there now spent my dad’s 15 year savings on their wedding and now we are sadly living paycheck to paycheck and on food stamps. Now you’re probably wondering well what about your mom. Ever since my parents divorced my mom was never able to recover she went into homelessness soon after the divorce because my dad took everything and she was living in her car and then her car got stolen by other homeless people and she was never able to get it back, but one day this guy named Donald helped her get an apartment but the downside to that is he also taught her to be an alcoholic. So the only thing she spends her money on is going to clubs and drinking. This soon interested me in addiction because I was living with her and had to deal with her alcoholism. I started to notice a lot of people around me are also addicted to drinking and other substances, which made me want to have an understanding on why it is this way so in the future when I become a psychologist, I can actually help people instead of just turning a blind eye like our government does and give people the help that they need. Usually people living on the streets are there because they have an addiction and are easily thrown in jail for “rehabilitation” reasons when that is in fact not the case. When addicts are put in jail they will come out the same because they aren’t getting the help they need because our government doesn’t care about helping people when it’s their job. It’s time to change how we as a society address alcohol and drug misuse and substance use. The moral obligation to address substance misuse and substance use disorders effectively for all Americans also aligns with a strong economic imperative. Substance misuse and disorders are estimated to cost society $442 billion each year in health care costs. However, numerous evidence-based prevention and treatment policies and programs can be implemented to reduce these costs while improving health and wellness. I feel that the sooner we give knowledge of addiction to society, especially given this generation, there will be a better outcome than any other making help available to those in need. And I really want to be a part of it.