Name: Lachelle Taylor
From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Addiction: I ‘am glad I don’t look like what I have been through
I ‘am Lachelle Taylor, born 1st of two girls to Ella Dargan, born and raised in Baltimore City. I always wanted to be a lawyer, defending people was my interest; So, I never thought my life would turn out this way. At first, I dibble and dabble with a little cocaine, a sniff here a sniff there; it was fun in the beginning, until I had a traumatic vision of my biological father raping me. I began to cry outrageously and have unwanted feeling within myself only to find that sniffing a little more coke would make the visions and feelings go away. I soon upgraded to freebasing not knowing that my life as I knew it then would come tumbling down a spiral that would take me years to recover from.
I believed I could not stop using drugs, I used against my own will; due to my select choices, I have been raped eleven times in one year, homeless on the streets of a city of Philadelphia for 20 years; abandoned by my family for twenty years, I haven’t been able to move forward in the world, I have been stuck in a maze repeating the same thing every day, my vocabulary had diminished to you have anything and can I get want 5 dime rocks for forty dollars. I have since understood something clearly at last, turning my entire life around due to God’s grace and mercy.
I believe we as a nation are dealing with an addiction crisis because people want a way to escape their dreadful life, livihoods, molestation, rape, boredom, happy faces, dishonesty, hurt and pain, bad choices, mean people, suffering, hunger, disrespectful family and friends; they need a way to forget that their lives are like this and wish they could be someone else, somewhere else living their dream; which unfortunately is possible but they see no means in
Sight to do it.
What are the consequences of this addiction for individual and society? Consequences for the individual would be based around death, one-in-four deaths due to overdoses in our communities. Other physical effects due to drug addiction is contracting HIV, hepatitis and other illnesses, heart rate irregularities, respiratory problems such as lung cancer, emphysema and breathing problems, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, kidney, and liver damage, drug addiction also deteriorates the physical and mental well-being. The impacts of substance abuse on society will be that the individual with the addiction not only have to lean on society for insurance for rehab but it gets deeper into society pockets for food, rent, shelters; these individuals can’t go to family a lot of them; this leads to government assistant help.
Where to go for help, and building up self-esteem in individuals; if we build on the broken pieces of substance abusers we might have a fighting chance to change their outlook on life everyone else has already giving up on them, we as a society must help these individuals finish the race.