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Kathleen Henderson
9/19 Discussion
Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:32pm
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For my personal narrative I chose to write about the impact that my cousin becoming a heroin addict had on me. My cousin has been involved in the drug world for over half my life. It is something that has impacted my life more than anything and I think about him almost everyday. When I was younger I didnít know much of the details involving my cousin and his troubles but recently I have been told and exposed to what exactly has happened. I hope in my paper I can get across what a huge impact it has had on me. It may seem like a typical drug story but because it was someone I know and love it has a different way of affecting me. Personally seeing him at his lowest was something I will never forget. He was frail and not himself; heroin had completely taken over his body. I was never allowed to see my cousin or really hear what exactly was going on whenever he was in trouble. On Christmas Eve of 2013 I over heard my family talking about Jimmy relapsing again and being in the hospital. So I begged my mom and dad if I could see him. I always stuck up for Jimmy and never truly believed that he would steal from the family because I never witnessed his change. But when I saw him that night he looked horrible and I finally realized everything was all true. I didnít understand how he could have gotten this out of control. Putting a needle into your own vein for the feeling of being high. Except my cousin was at the point where he didnít just do heroin for the high, he did heroin to function. He was so addicted that he depended on a drug to get him up in the morning and more to do things during the day and more to do things at night and more to go to sleep. He was up to ten bags of heroin a day. No one intends to become an addict. No one even intends of doing heroin at all. But when the mind and body become reliant on drugs it is immensely hard to separate them.

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