Addiction comes in many forms and effects the person, and the people around them in many ways. Unfortunately, we find addiction in our own homes, in homes across the United States, and the world. Drug addiction and alcohol are addictions that most people are familiar with, but there many addictions that the family suffer from. To understand what the family goes through when there is an addiction, we must understand what addiction means, what the cost of the addiction ultimately does to the family, the financial stresses, what treatment looks like for the addict and the family, and what happens to the children. Addiction is a disease that is compulsive and difficult to control which could result in harmful consequences.
It becomes a part of them and they feel they require it to survive. Louie often headed down this same path, however he continued to trudge on because he believed “A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain” (35). With the same mindset, lives can be turned around and faced down a better path. Addicts must find hope in themselves to overcome their challenge and work towards a brighter
I am still not fully recovered and I most likely won’t ever be, there will always be that little voice inside my head. I started my journey with addiction and recovery the summer before freshman year.
Families in the United States have become more complex- growing from the traditional nuclear family to single parent families, step families, foster families etc. Therefore, when a family member is struggling with addiction, the effect on the family may vary according to family structure. Families where addictions are present often times are hard to live in. Many individuals that come from homes with substance abuse problems may become traumatized to varying degrees by things they have experienced. Families living with addiction can be put under an unusual amount of stress.
They were upper middle class and they were the fun parents, that had let my dad get away with everything. My dad started drinking and doing drugs at the age of 14 and it only got worse from there. He met my mom at a Hennessy’s bar, when they were in their late 20’s, and although my mom knew about my dad’s problem, she thought she could cure him and decided to marry him. Fast forward a couple years later after my parents’ divorce I remember going to my dad’s drug deals with him at the age of 3 or 4. I’m sure my dad thought I’d never remember that, but I do.
How do you know when you’re addicted to something? Is it a choice or is it and effect? No one really chooses to be an addict. Addiction is defined as a compulsive craving to drugs or a certain behavior despite known adverse consequences. In recent years, the concept of addiction has extended to cover many behaviors formerly known as bad habits.
Our lives are marked by events that make us grow and mature. We cannot grow if we are too comfortable. Only by being out of our comfort zone will we notice substantial transformations in ourselves. Many times, to advance through obstacles, one must endure excruciating pain. To get through difficult situations the only option might be to reinvent yourself, to replace what you thought was fair and right, and adjust yourself to the new reality. Our way of doing things and our capabilities might be challenged along the way. Whether we fail or succeed, the entire outcome of that situation is up to us alone. A year and two months ago, it was up to me, to make a decision that would change my life, and I am glad it has proven to be the right call.
Next, my mom started yelling at him because he lost his job with drinking and drugs. Finally, my mom told my dad that he has a drinking problem and that she was going to move out. Also because he wasn’t treating her right by cheating and having an affair with another woman. Kelsey, my mom, and I then move out after they have had enough with all the yelling and fighting. My mom and dad soon then got divorced and all goes good but only for a while.
Individuals who are not addicted have a difficult time understanding the complex nature of addiction and recovery. Many times we forget that addiction does not just affect an individual but also affects people that are surrounding them as well (What is Addiction). In the novel, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey
Once he started the new job he lost all contact with me and progressively drank. Our phone calls went from once a week, to a call every three months. One night I made the decision on calling him, and that was the night I lost a relationship with my father. In the midst of his drunken rampage, he told me that he never wanted to speak to me again.
Addiction is defined as compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (such as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful. And to further explain it means you cannot stop doing something even if it may be hurting your self and others. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Black Cat the narrator is about to receive the death penalty and he is telling his story. When he was young he loved animals which led to having a lot of pets, He had one pet which he loved best a black cat named Pluto. One night he had come home from the bar drunk and Pluto was trying to avoid him and he
I have been in a book slump for months, I started reading a lot of books, but none of those entertained me. If nothing else, it made me feel annoyed, bored and completely numb. So when Addicted For Now arrived, I knew this is my damsel in distress whisking me away.
Before my dad’s death in 1989 I had suffered from mental, sexual, and physical abuse at different times, from different people. I blamed him for not stopping it, for not saving me, and his death added to my pile of excuses to fail. An alcoholic right from the start, I learned how to drink like the pros around me: as fast as I could until the bottle was empty. I found this fun and the lack of accountability was empowering. I hated being weak and I especially hated being the victim, so I became manipulative, and took advantage of the weakness of others. For the next eight years I drank every chance I got, and progressed from cigarettes to marijuana to cocaine, and finally, to meth. I deeply injured the gentle people who loved me the most. Satan
The day I quit drinking and turned my life over to the care of God is one of the most memorable days of my life. From the time I was 5 or 6 years old I can remember always feeling different. I was never certain if it were the fact I came from a broken home or maybe it was because we lived in poverty. Either way the feeling of being different was apparent. At the age of 14 I took my first drink. By the age of 16 I was drinking on a regular basis. I would not attend class and ended up dropping out of school. Soon after that I was admitted to a treatment facility for juveniles. Unfortunately I was still unable to stop drinking.