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Analysis Of Addiction

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Day after day we read in the newspapers and about the political turmoil and the candidates and email and the struggle of American politics. I strive to read more than just those articles, since I want to learn about the real struggles of the American people. I want to learn about the bigger problems behind the scenes in the US and what can be done to help. This was the reasoning for the choice of my article for this week’s critique on addiction and the story of Amanda with a heat wrenching addition to Heroin and her journey through it all. In 2016 Americans are turning to heroin to deal with their despair, pain and turmoil in their lives, subsequently causing an opiate epidemic. This point is further evidenced by the following statement…show more content…
A powerful statement within the article reflects this in a way few people understand. Libby the mother of Amanda says is always expecting “her daughter to die, sacrificing her sanity to save her, and doing most of it alone. She rarely talked to her ex-husband about Amanda’s addiction; her current husband was patient and supportive, but sometimes, as Amanda’s mother, Libby felt that the responsibility was mostly hers.” (Saslow, 2016). Some many American families suffer through loved one’s addiction. Addiction is not easy to cope with when you are the parent, spouse, sibling or a friend of the addicted person. Year after year one watches as the tragic story of addiction unfolds unleashing it wrath on the entire family even though only one person is the…show more content…
I never real understood what that meant, since my mother was loving, kind and treated my sister and I with the utmost respect. She doted on us a little too much at times, but she also made us believe in ourselves, thus transforming us into mature young adult women who pursue our dreams to their fullest. However, my mother would have walked through fire to help us out with any situation that may arise. Yet when I looked around at some of the old high school students I went to school with I cannot say the same for them and their parents. I had a friend in high school who was on the swim team with me and she unfortunately ended up dating the wrong man and became addicted to black tar heroin. I watched as her parents struggled with keeping her sober and then eventually her parent took custody of her two children, because two others had been born addicted and died at an early age. She had been a beautiful young woman, successful in swimming and academics, subsequently had lost everything from one weak moment. I visit her parents periodically and they would ask me why did this happen? I have no answers for them, since they were excellent parents, at least from my view. Addiction is not something that you catch, addiction is a disease or the mind and the body, which some people never recover. Luckily my friend is currently in recovery for the last year. This is blessing of profound measure that only