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Personal Narrative: My Father's Substance Abuse

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One challenge I have persisted through is my father's substance abuse and how it effected me. Growing up, I watched as my alcoholic father turned abusive. Eventually, after years of witnessing domestic violence and fearing for my life, my father was incarcerated. Although I thought he was gone for good, he returned from prison after a few years. However, I was convinced that he was changed. I deluded myself into thinking I finally had a father to only have the prospect ripped away when he reverted back to his old ways. After countless terror-ridden dreams and death threats, my father was captured again. By then, I had developed severe depression. Until recently, I struggled with bouts of trauma and deep self-hatred. I fought this by picturing
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