Research Writing/COM 220
May 16, 2010
Cocaine addiction affects an entire family because a person’s drug abuse can have a deep impact on the lives of the people close to them.
Before the decision is made to experiment with drugs does the abuser stop to think? How many children have gone hungry because they have parents who are addicted to drugs? How many parents have stayed up at night wondering where their drug addicted child is? Drug addiction has torn families apart. Children are forced to switch roles with their drug addicted parents and parents are forced to cut ties with their drug addicted children. Families are held hostage to an addiction because of a loved ones decision to abuse illicit drugs. When a person abuses drugs, it not only affects his or her live but the lives of everyone around him or her. Drug addiction is not an individual thing, it is a family thing.
Cocaine does not discriminate it effects people from every walk of life. It does not care about race, sex, or religion. Cocaine does not concern itself with how wealthy a person may be. Cocaine does not care where a person lives. Cocaine addiction can strike anywhere and anytime and once a person becomes addicted to cocaine it will take over their life.
Jimmy came from an all American family. As a child he excelled in every sport he participated in. His family and friends always knew he would be successful no matter what path he chose to travel. When Jimmy received a full scholarship to attend The University of California no one was surprised because he was just as intelligent as he was athletic. With such a promising future how did Jimmy go from an educated college graduate that everyone loved and adored to a lying cheating thief no one wanted to be around. It wasn’t that his family and friends stopped loving him they just couldn’t stand to see him throw his life away for his new love. Jimmy was addicted to cocaine and his addiction was tearing his family apart.
In her hometown of New Brunswick Tyesha was envied by all the mothers in the community. She had the perfect husband, well mannered children, and a body to die for. Tyesha was well respected within her community. She was the owner of Doe Communications, president at her son’s school, cheerleading coach at her daughter’s school, and founder of Drug-Free-Zone, a group who educates teenagers about the dangers of prescription drugs. From the outside looking in it seem like Tyesha had it all but what people didn’t know was Tyesha and her family was hiding a secret, a deep dark secret they could no longer contain because Tyesha’s cocaine addition was spiraling out of control and her family didn’t know how to help her.