Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 – The Face of Addiction


The Face of Addiction

Melanie Cantu

Seasons in Malibu

In September of 2016, America woke up to a shocking photo displayed on all platforms. From Facebook to the local newspaper, this photo from Ohio depicted two grandparents overdosed on opioids. It was taken by the local police department to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic that was affecting their town. Their blue and unconscious faces were not the only shocking image that America was seeing. It was the four-year-old boy sitting in the backseat of the vehicle. This shocking image made us more aware of the face of addiction and the effects.

Most people were very angry with this image. Many people even asked how selfish someone can be to put their own child/grandchild in the face of danger? We deal with addiction crisis so much because it is very easy to relapse. For example, a few people from my hometown have gone to a drug rehabilitation center ordered by the courts for meth use. As soon as they are done and they return home, they quickly go to their old friends. Soon, they are back to their habits and familiar environment.

Addiction can lead an individual to many consequences. Loss of job, home, children, family and many more. Addiction is one of the causes of the homeless. Also, displaced children are in the foster care system.

The nation needs to see that addiction is a disease. It is not easily curable like a cold. Places like Seasons in Malibu has an impressive satisfaction rate of 95%. Facilities like Seasons in Malibu should be more accessible in more states. Due to the luxury amenities, most people may not be able to afford this type of treatment despite insurance acceptance. I believe federal and state grants should be funded to provide treatment for individuals to attend treatment places such as Season in Malibu. I believe the relapse rate would decrease.