Drug Rehab 2021 Round 1 – An Addiction Tradition


An Addiction Tradition

An Addiction Tradition


Gillian Garriques


Nine letters. Three syllables. One word. One disease. Long before we were plagued with the COVID-19 pandemic, America has struggled with an epidemic of its own; drug addiction. What many fail to realize is just how terrifying the reality of addiction is.


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 70,000 overdose deaths have occured in the past twenty years. The topic is all too often pushed aside and ignored due to the stigma and bias against people suffering with this illness. It is seen as taboo to have an addiction problem, something to be ashamed of and judged for. No one asks for addiction to take over their lives and not enough people understand that it is not a choice. No one would blame a cancer patient solely for having cancer as they do individuals cursed with addiction.


This topic is truly personal to me. My dad is a heroin addict and he has battled his addiction throughout his entire adult life. He has been to multiple rehabs, hospitals and taken methadone to curb his addiction, but nothing has worked. He is still struggling with addiction to this day.


Being raised in the home of an addict is a seriously traumatic experience. Not only do you have to deal with the erratic and often violent outbursts from your parents, but also the results of the addict’s habits. With almost all of the household income going to drugs, there is never enough food, running water, electricity, or heat. It is a constant struggle to simply survive it.


The battle only continues as we try to escape it. I have successfully been able to avoid any addictions in my life thus far, as the hereditary threat of addiction looms overhead. My brother has not been so lucky. Already, he has ventured into the world of drug abuse and he has gotten himself into some bad situations. He is currently in rehab again, and we can only hope this time is successful.


This goes to show just how dangerous addiction is. It never affects just one person, it trickles down the bloodlines of unsuspecting people who want no part of it. An addiction tradition from father to son.


What we need to do is focus on the problem. We need to stop the judgements and stigmas put into place by societal bias and really try to help those struggling with this disease. It is time to stop ignoring the nationwide issue of addiction and start increasing rehab accessibility, start more programs for recovering addicts, and add more addiction prevention to schools curriculum. It can do a world of difference and hopefully save some lives.