The Big Help

Benjamin - Luxemburg, Wisconsin
Entered on May 4, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: addiction

I believe that everyone is addicted to something. This is not necessarily a bad thing, you can be addicted to love, music, or something else constructive. There are, of course, bad addictions to controlled substances or to abusive and destructive behaviors. When we are involved with these, is is time that we need to “kick the habit.” This is the point (hopefully) a close friend or family member will intervene and help us. Or will they be helping? What if wet don’t want to be changed? It’s a hypothetical, but good question. I believe that the only person who can change his/herself is him/herself. I believe very strongly in family and friend support, and I also believe that it can help. However, if someone is going to change, it HAS to come from within.

It happened to someone that was very close to me. When she was young, she was swallowed up by a crippling addiction, and when her parents found out, they forced her into a hospital. It had no affect on her because she didn’t want to be there. A few years later, when the addiction was a huge part of her life, she finally saw the affects the addiction was having on her body and life. She decided to change for the better. She enrolled into a hospital that was specialized in treating this type of addiction, and for the first time since she was young, she was able to have control over her life.

Another place that I see addiction is on the television. When a celebrity gets caught with drugs or while being intoxicated, they are sent to court where a judge orders them to rehab. I’ve noticed something funny about those celebrities. It always seems to be the same one. This is because the judge didn’t do anything to fix them. He/she just sent them to a rehabilitation program where the person didn’t care about getting better. Consequently, when they are let out, they go right back to the lifestyle they were in before they entered rehab.

I’m not a big believer in “It’s all in the stars” stuff. We control what we do in life and how we change ourselves. If we think that we have an addiction or something as simple as a bad day, we put ourselves in a worse situation than what we were in before just by believing that we have that addiction or that bad day. I believe that this is the most remarkable part about being a human. It comforts me going through every day of my life that I have control of myself, and the fact that not one person can change that.