I am not an addict nor have I been directly affected by addiction. However, I have seen many lives transformed by the curse of substance abuse. I've watched successful business women lose their careers, their families, their rights, and their lives from struggles with addiction. I've watched young people with the whole world at their finger tips lose grip of reality and spiral out of control, leaving them in jail, homeless or dead.
It seems that our society and the new generation of kids have a void to fill. Everyone wants the feeling of belonging and acceptance. Peer pressure doesn't seem to be just with children and young people anymore. All people all different ages experience peer pressure and wanting to be accepted.
The college girl that wants to be invited to the "cool" party. The young businessman that feels he needs to prove himself to his collegues. The new mom that feels pressure to get her children in the elite preschool and dress them in the right clothes. The forty something year old dad that lost his job and is embarrassed because his family cannot live the way they once did. These people are all around us and unfortunately a lot of them turn to drugs and alcohol to fill that void of non acceptance. It is a quick fix to numb the feeling and get them through another day. I do not believe anyone takes a sip of alcohol knowing or imagining that they will be addicted.
The point i'm trying to make is that addiction is closer to me than i may think. People i know right now are battling, struggling, and fighting being addicted. It REALLY can happen to anyone.
So the reason I have joined the Addiction Coalition is to take a proactive stance against this increasingly prevalent issue that is ripping away the lives of good people just like me and you. I hope you too will be proactive in this fight!