Drug Abuse In 'Crank By Ellen Hopkins' By Kate Aquillano

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Drug abuse is a very complicated thing. In the article “Teen addicts Admit what could have helped them” by Kate Aquillano. A few teens explain things that could have helped them better resist on the temptations of drugs. Their addictions all began very differently and for many different reasons as do all addictions. In the book Crank by Ellen Hopkins the most dominant theme is that of Addiction which the article clearly focuses on as well. This relationship between both sources helps outline a better understanding of the theme and the components of it. These being the reasons behind the why teens indulge in drugs, the possible consequences of this decision, and how to prevent them from making the same mistakes as some of the characters mentioned …show more content…
A great example is that of the protagonist. She lost her relationships with her old trustworthy friends, got into many destruct full relationships, ruined her opportunities at school and got pregnant and what’s worse, got into a horrible dependence on meth. A lot of drugs have very emotional and psychological consequences. It can make people aggressive, depressed, distracted, sleep deprived, etc. Sometimes with just the first try one can get hooked. It’s a risk that a lot of people don’t think about when they decide to take that first blunt. One of the teens in the article explain how she wished someone could have told her how “alcohol could take control of you, or that alcohol can make you lose friends, make you push away people who care about you, and make you do things that you would be embarrassed to tell your parents about.” One loses sight of their priorities when an addiction begins, everything becomes about keeping the high and how to get more. Addiction to a hard drug like meth can be almost impossible to stop and when one does try the effects can be …show more content…
The key is in letting teens know the risks that come along with it. In the article Aquillano asks a few of her students in a rehabilitation center what could have a person told them that could have affected their drug use. The fist said that if someone were going to talk to her about it then they’d have to have experienced the drug so she’d feel understood. Another said that they’d have to have told him not just the black and grey of using it but also the white so he wouldn’t have had wanted to try it himself. To be more clear he would have wanted someone to tell him how it makes you feel so good when you’re on it that you never want it to stop and therefore become reliant to it. Another teen said that if she’d have had someone other than a parent a teacher talk to her, someone she could talk to freely and that she trusted then things could have been different. A famous author who has firsthand experience with a family member addicted was asked what the best thing to say to a teen who is going through that experience. He explained that the best thing to do is tell them the facts ‘’ We can use a kind of motivational interviewing and get kids thinking about why they may be tempted to use -- the potential benefits versus potential risks.” A doctor was also asked and he said that the best thing to do is to find professional help because a person in that state may not have ears to listen to what makes sense. If the

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