May 11, 2015
Debra MC Coy
THE EFFECT OF ADDICTION PAPER
The effect of addiction have consumed billions of individuals all over the world, not only consume but also killed. Individuals have relied on drugs to fill the void in their life that is missing. The addict is not only hurting themselves from the drug use but their families, friends, and their community. In this paper, it will give a description of a 21-year-old male named Anthony. Anthony started using marijuana at the age of 20, trying to hide the pain from the death of his sister. Eventually, marijuana was not enough to get Anthony the extra high he wanted which Anthony made the choice to try another drug and eventually it became the love of his life.
Anthony’s Family Background
Anthony grew up on the Jersey Shore, with both parents in the home Anthony live a normal child life. Anthony mom had other children from a previous marriage, and two of her daughters also was using heroin. As a child, Anthony mother tried to do everything possible to help Anthony grow up and do something productive in his life instead of using drugs. Anthony mother shield and catered to Anthony's needs while his father was distance by having three different children with three separate women's, and was addicted to gambling. As a teenager Anthony started to feel the effects of his father not around and at the age of 14 Anthony's sister died from a drug overdose, and his parents divorced. The pain Anthony mother was feeling from the death of her daughter changed her completely, and now Anthony’s neglect from his father is now happening from his mother as well. According to the article “Addiction” by (Van Niekerk JP 2011) “Substance abuse can be classified in terms of its potential harms. Nutt and colleagues3 ranked drugs on the basis of their potential for physical harm, dependence (addiction), and effects on families, communities and society, thereby offering a rational solution