Drug Rehab 2021 Round 1 – How Addiction Affects Lives

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How Addiction Affects Lives

Evan Gomez

How Addiction Affects Lives

Addiction affects a lot of people’s lives in different ways, in some it’s a small part that they hide very well but still have to deal with it, in other people’s lives it has completely changed them forever and how they live their day to day. Unfortunately in our society we look down on these people, look and treat them like they are criminals, worthless, and not one of us but this is far from the truth. Addiction isn’t a crime, it’s a disease and should be treated as one. Any person at any age can become an addict and today its kids and nicotine, in almost every highschool, a lot of middle schools there are kids hooked on nicotine because they think it’s cool, back in the day it was the same thing, teens drinking and smoking cigarettes but back then it wasn’t really looked down upon, it was normal as long as it was just that. My addiction in my family isn’t through a bunch of different drugs and the only person it has affected was my father and anyone who was around him at the time. From what I know about my dad’s youth was that he was a semi decent person, not the nicest but not the worst. He got my mother pregnant when she was around 16 and even then my dad did his best to care for them both, he worked multiple jobs to help pay. My father has been drinking since that time but his personality started to change because of it. For about 12 years of my parents relationship my dad was always drinking and abusive to my mother and sometimes my oldest brother. Hearing stories about it is no where close to living it and I’m thankful my mother was able to make it out and was able to give my brothers and I a good childhood. My dad chose alcohol and other drugs over family and I haven’t seen him since I was around 14. Aside from my personal relationship with addicts, I’ve also met a good amount of people in similar situations. I went to NewYork on a school field trip and got to see and talk to a lot of homeless people and hear some of their stories. A lot of them had different upbringings but a lot of them had at least one thing in common and that at some point on their journey they got hooked on some sort of drug. It’s pretty sad to see how many homeless people there are in the world that got hooked on drugs and could never find an escape. I saw a lot in Newyork but that’s just one place compared to the whole world. Honestly I don’t think there is a way to fully end the drug pandemic, drugs will always be around and there isn’t much we can do about it, but something we can do is not treat addicts like criminals and lock them up in a place where those drugs are accessible. Many people who don’t care about addicts don’t want their tax money going to them but I feel that our government does need to put more money into their care so they can get the help they need to recover. Ohio recently passed a law to decriminalize drug making so that if you’re caught with drugs you won’t initially go to prison, you will be hit with a fine and can get sent to a rehab. A lot of people don’t like this idea saying that it will lead to more drug use because there isn’t a large sentence that goes to using these drugs. I do see that point and understand it, But on the other hand many people will get the help they need from this law if they aren’t seen as criminals. As a person who has seen how drugs affect people, how some get out of it, and how they deal with it I can safely say they those people aren’t criminals, they are sick and addiction is a disease