You’ll Know It When You See It: Addiction

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I pulled into a parking lot to see a young man frantically rummaging through his vehicle. Wildly searching! Throwing things everywhere all the while yelling at someone on the telephone.

As I got closer I noticed he had a green rubber band tied around his upper forearm. At first I paid it no attention until I realized exactly what was going on.

The young man had obviously lost something. Suddenly it became clear that he’d lost his best frienemy, his passion stealer, his life drain; he’d lost the one thing that was taking everything from him; he’d lost his fix. His drug.

The Dream. 2016. Lakesha Mathis

In that moment I saw the America that promised him safe passage slip out of his grasp. This young man, America’s future was chasing with great ferocious hunger his own death.

Drug abuse doesn’t have a face nor race. This witness only scratches the surface of a much larger issue. What is happening to America’s youth over and over again? Drug addiction didn’t begin its attack with Generation-X. It seems that something in life leaves us vulnerable to the sexy illusion drugs over and again. The reasons are numerous and varied. But without a doubt it’s present.

Scene of the Crime, Hometown USA. 2016. Lakesha Mathis

Scene of the Crime Hometown USA. 2016. Lakesha Mathis
Somehow, this young man I witnessed in a has come to terms with his worthlessness. Which is false. He is worthwhile. We all are. We are all here to meet our purpose. A purpose that is tied to every other purpose.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports through the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009 (NIDA, 2016).

According to the NIDA iIllicit drug use in the United States is continuing to increase. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older reporting using illegal drug in the past month. The good news is, there is help. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction please contact a service provider on the list below.

Help For Drug & Alcohol Abuse

American Addiction Centers
(888) 970-4450
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center
(800) 844-9706
Assisted Recovery Centers of America
(314) 645-6840

Data Sources

National Institute on Drug Abuse. Last Accessed 4/7/2016.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. Last Accessed 4/7/2016.

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For more information about drug use among adolescents,

Article originally featured in SomeUnique Magazine 2016.

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