The War on Drugs
An addict: A person who is addicted to a particular substance, usually an illegal drug. Her name was Adrienne and life was nothing more than a mere memory to her. I met her at an AA meeting, where I was supporting a long term friend suffering from alcohol abuse. There was something about her that stood out to me. Was it the slur in her words she mumbled when she stood up in front of everyone? Or was it the obvious dark spots on her arm that she tried to hide with her trembling hands? Whatever the force was that drew me to her, I knew that i wanted to speak to her as a possible candidate for my documentary on drug abuse. I knew asking my friend would be the easier route, yet I decided to step out on a limb, and hear a story that was unfamiliar to me. She said that I might as well interview someone else, because their story would be more inclusive than hers.When I asked why is that, she reluctantly responded, “I have no story to tell, simply because I can’t remember it.”
“No memorable childhood memories like your 13th birthday? Going to prom?” I asked.”Nope.” Well what about your parents and sibilings, or maybe even your favorite pet growing up. All Adrienne replied was that it was just a blur. All she could recall is running away from home as a teen and never looking back. At that point I was in shock that memories of her life were washed away like a message in bottle. I could not fathom how life would be where the past was only a distant figment. Abusing drugs literally took over her life, only being 22 I felt as if she had to much more to live for and I wanted to help her get there. She expressed to me that her drug of choice was heroine.She was an everyday user, at least three to four times a day. Carefully placing the white chuck of heroine on a thin sheet of aluminum, and setting the match to inhale a substance that is suppressing her life. Living in and out of homeless shelters, or sleeping on another users sunken in smelly couch was...
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