Student shares the ongoing battle with addiction


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There are many students here at MATC that are struggling with drug addiction, many who don’t have any support. Drug addiction is something that is constantly around us, yet many choose not to talk about it. Drug use is something that’s always been glamorized in society, but the actual effects of drugs can be far worse than glamorous. I sat down with a student, whose identity will be anonymous for this story, who is currently battling through drug addiction.
“I was 13,” said the student upon being asked at what age did the drug use start.
At 13 the student was prescribed court-ordered Xanax by request of a psychiatrist. The student grew up in Kenosha, but originally was from Milwaukee. The alias lived with their aunt during high school, but also lived in group homes, with the farthest one being in Minnesota. Drug and substance use was also very common in the student’s family.
“Everyone in my family was addicted to something, except for my mom. I don’t think she’s addicted to any drugs,” said the student.
Upon graduation from high school at the age of 16, the alias finally decided to seek help for addiction. They spent a month at Rogers Behavioral Health in West Allis, after relocating back to Milwaukee. The student was the youngest person there.
Now pursuing an associate degree, the student is still struggling with overcoming addiction.
“The withdrawal process is the worst thing ever,” said the student. “I’ve been sober for a few days.”
When asked if the student knew of any resources to help students battle drug addiction on campus, they replied they did not know of any, but still encouraged those who are struggling with addiction to “talk to somebody.It’s really hard to do it by yourself.”
If you or anyone is battling substance addiction, counselors are available on each campus 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Fridays. Students can also use online and phone services to seek immediate help. Visit MATC’s Personal Counseling page at: