Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 – The consequences of an Addiction

Name: Maysea M Hovander

The consequences of an Addiction

consequences of an addiction ruin a person’s life and creates a
crack in society. With that, I also believe you can truly learn from
observation and experience. The greatest and most heartbreaking
lessons I have ever learned was from having a parent with an alcohol
addiction. Growing up through middle and high school with a parent in
and out of rehabilitation and relapsing, this not only affected them,
but my brother, myself, and my mother. My father has not been able to
hold a job and contribute to our family in a very long time. The
consequences of an addiction are devastating. Not only to the addict,
but their family. The addicted family member cannot help the family,
breaks bonds and trust with the family members, and cannot be
fulfilled. My trust has been worn down that I am not even surprised

ruins a person. Alcoholism ruins a family. Alcoholism ruins a
society. Not only has my trust been broken, but everyone in
society’s. His work cannot trust him to come in, people do not feel
safe around an alcoholic, and he is not contributing to society.
Everyone takes on the burden of a single person’s actions. I am a
senior in high school. I grew up fast. I got a job in the winter
because I did not have to be home and I could make money while doing
it. My mom is an extremely strong woman, but taking care of a family
with a single income has taken a toll on her. I got a job to become
independent and relieve some of her stress. I pay for my car
insurance, gas, and everything I want. Not because my mom ever asked
me, but because I grew up fast. Watching my Dad break his promises,
being dependent, and lose his drive made me start to work. I believe
all the advice and knowledge you have is your adversity packaged all
pretty so you can make used of it. The package of an alcoholic parent
because a driving force to make me work hard, become independent, and
some more negative things like less trusting and have a hard
exterior. I didn’t choose to grow up, I had to. This is because of
an individual’s actions. I am part of the society that must make up
for a single person’s actions. However, I also believe as a society
we can make rehabilitation more available and more effective.
Compassion overcomes all and with compassion a lot of dividing issues
would be solved. Compassion also needs to be reciprocated. There are
tools an alcoholic can take to help themselves as there are tools
society can take to help them. The numbers and statistics create an
“us” versus “them” situation. In order to solve the issue, we
face, we have to use “we”, not “them”. As of right now
though, the consequences of an addiction ruin a person’s life and
creates a crack in society.