It's occurred to me that I've mentioned about a bagillion times that I'm going to school, but I don't think I've ever even mentioned the details of it. I'm going to school to get my Bachelors in Psychology in Addiction, and presently attend school online at Kaplan University. Kaplan is one of the few school I found that offered a BA program in the field, and was accredited by the state. I've seen a lot that offer Masters, but I'm not there yet.
I've always wanted to help people, like literally my entire life. I have a bleeding heart for everyone and everything. It's a curse, because I get hurt incredibly easily, but I'm using that curse to my advantage, and turning it into something constructive. I went to Widener University fresh out of high school, for Psychology, but financially and emotionally, I wasn't able to finish. There was a lot going on at the time, and I had to drop out about 2 years in. But it's okay, because it all happened for a reason. At that age, your life is only just beginning, and you barely have a foot in the adult world. Now, nearing 30, I'm an adult with both feet firmly planted in the adult world. I'm like a sponge; always excited to learn new things. Over the years, I was able to narrow down what I wanted to do with helping people and my degree, and I realized that I wanted to be an Addictions Counselor.
Fortunately, I myself haven't been plagued with addiction, but that doesn't mean I wasn't set up for it. Both sides of my family suffer with addiction issues, and there is a definite genetic component to addiction. I've got all the right genes to become one, but didn't want to give myself that opportunity. I know the stigma that surrounds addicts; useless junkies with nothing to offer, failures, bad people, etc... The truth is: addiction doesn't care what you look like, where you come from, your socioeconomic status, race, religion, thoughts, or feelings. Addiction is like Uncle Sam and taxes, it doesn't care how, but IT WANTS YOU! I know addicts, and they are not these low lives. Addiction isn't on purpose. No one picks up their first beer and is like "well, let's become an alcoholic!" From what I've seen, addiction comes from a place of sadness and despair, anxiety or depression. Substance abuse covers what hurts, and the person you love turns into their addiction, and that addiction makes them do things they would never do sober.
I see the person under their addiction, because I have addicts in my family that I love. Some are sober, some aren't, but I still love them either way. I don't graduate until 4/7/2020, but that doesn't mean I don't want to start making any difference that I can now. So, I signed up for this:
This is a 1 mile walk, that was free to register for, for Overdose Awareness and to honor those who have lost their lives to this disease. I set up a page on Run the Day to donate, asking for a simple goal of $100, that I will match if I meet that goal. I'll donate either way, but I'd love to be able to donate $200. So far, I have $25 and I just set it up yesterday, so that's pretty darn good if you ask me. I'll include the link, in case you want to donate to, for yourself or someone you love. Click the link below to donate. If that doesn't work, just copy and paste it into your browser. I'm not good at hyperlinks lol:
That's all she wrote. I hope you consider donating to this cause. Thank you!