Consumed By Poverty And Drugs

Having Sex With Your Dad

The diversity of stories that can be heard in the field of psychiatry is so great that you can easily become touched by them. One common theme is poverty and drugs; these two go together like peanut butter and jelly. Oftentimes, children who are raised in poverty are exposed to family and friends who suffer from a drug addiction, mental illness or physical and sexual abuse.

From a young age, children raised in poverty are at a disadvantage. They have to witness their parents arguing about money, bills and food on the table; their perception on marriage becomes influenced since they are little. Drug and alcohol abuse is not uncommon when money is a big stressor in the household.

A child will witness her father get drunk on bourbon and start transforming into a completely different person. He may start to beat his wife and flirt with his daughter. The daughter will run into her room or out of the house scared, hoping not to feel uncomfortable and violated. So she starts turning to drugs around age 16 when her friends who are also in poverty inform her, “This will help with all the bullshit!”

As she starts forming a new alliance with marijuana (not so much with alcohol as she doesn’t want to be like her father), she also starts entertaining the idea of newer and more powerful drugs. That’s when Lady Heroin comes into play. She starts snorting the heroin, quickly realizing how all of her physical and mental pain dissipate in the air.

The problem is that she’s only 16 and still reliant on her parents for food and shelter. She starts returning home later in the evening, with the hope that “pops” is passed out from his drunken state of mind on the corner couch watching Full House. As she slowly creeps into the living room, she hears footsteps coming from the kitchen.

Her father is standing there drunk with a creepy smile on his face and some dollar bills in his right hand. She wants to cry but has no more tears left. She already knows what might happen: he is going to offer money for her heroin habit as long as she has sex with him. She wonders, “At what point did I fuck up?”

She then realizes that everything turned upside down when she met Lady Heroin; she has become an addict since their introduction. Because she is so desperate for another bundle, she sticks her right hand out to accept the money as her father grabs her other hand and takes her to his corner couch.

As the full moon glows in the night sky, the sounds of father-daughter intercourse slowly increase. The story can be summed up into the following:

  • Alcoholic father who is a sexual predator and performs incest
  • Heroin addict daughter who was born into poverty and now lives to support her drug habit
  • Poverty and drugs that have consumed this family

This is an example of a story that can be heard in the field of psychiatry.

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13 Replies to “Consumed By Poverty And Drugs”

  1. Shreya Joshi – Shreya Joshi is a communication specialist based in Melbourne, currently pursuing her post-graduate degree from Deakin University. She has worked with several advertising agencies creating content for brands ranging from tech, F&B, and fashion. Some of the notable brands she worked with include Samsung, TCL, Toni&Guy, VLCC, Reliance Footprints, and more. Besides that, she has also worked as a freelance writer for magazine houses, blogs, websites, and more. In her free time, she likes to write poetry and has published her debut collection 'Chronicles of a Broken Heart' which is available on Amazon. When she's not writing, she can be found cuddled up with a new book, watching anime, binging on the latest TV shows, experimenting with recipes, or playing swing in a children's park. Please use the contact form on the website or write to adswithshreya@gmail.com for collaborations and projects.
    WildHeart says:

    Heart wrenching truth about poverty and drugs! 💔

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      Unfortunately, yes! It does happen.

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      That is true Duncan! We don’t hear about it quite often cause it’s buried in peoples’ past. Great psychiatrists have the tools to bring it out

      1. Sounds like you may be one of them. I fear them to be honest, was the hardest thing in my life to get over “ADHD” medication dependency. I appreciate your posts, important topics.

  2. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
    Dr. Sinu MD says:

    No problem

  3. Harken's Headers – Harken's Headers is a random idea at a random moment trying out this new thing people call Digital Writing. We will see how it goes. Knowing me, it will include some humor, wit, awkwardness and possibly make you think. Even might make me think as well. Stay tuned and see what I come up with in this randomized, awkward journey. Harken Headers is an avid learner as well as researcher of many topics including but not limited to health, nutrition, herbalism, European folk culture and lifestyle medicine. Harken lives wherever the wind blows gaining experience, knowledge and testing that knowledge out firsthand to share with people like you. Health & Not Screwing It Up is Harken's 1st book.
    Harken's Headers says:

    It seems like variations of that story is more and more these days. Many adulthood problems start at home during childhood. That’s why it’s so important for families to have a sense of traditionalism, work towards security and stability(mentally and physically) as well as stay sober. Parents need to instill into their children confidence, an identity and values not fear, confusion and despair.

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      Agreed. But many families also grow up in poor neighborhoods with poor values, dealt the wrong cards early in life.

      1. Harken's Headers – Harken's Headers is a random idea at a random moment trying out this new thing people call Digital Writing. We will see how it goes. Knowing me, it will include some humor, wit, awkwardness and possibly make you think. Even might make me think as well. Stay tuned and see what I come up with in this randomized, awkward journey. Harken Headers is an avid learner as well as researcher of many topics including but not limited to health, nutrition, herbalism, European folk culture and lifestyle medicine. Harken lives wherever the wind blows gaining experience, knowledge and testing that knowledge out firsthand to share with people like you. Health & Not Screwing It Up is Harken's 1st book.
        Harken's Headers says:

        Those situations do make it harder to making life better but not impossible. It gets to a point in a person’s life to make a decision: Do I continue forth the bad patterns of my family or do I change it for the better so my kids don’t have to carry that burden?

      2. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
        Dr. Sinu MD says:

        Yes! But for that kind of insight, one must also need determination.

      3. Harken's Headers – Harken's Headers is a random idea at a random moment trying out this new thing people call Digital Writing. We will see how it goes. Knowing me, it will include some humor, wit, awkwardness and possibly make you think. Even might make me think as well. Stay tuned and see what I come up with in this randomized, awkward journey. Harken Headers is an avid learner as well as researcher of many topics including but not limited to health, nutrition, herbalism, European folk culture and lifestyle medicine. Harken lives wherever the wind blows gaining experience, knowledge and testing that knowledge out firsthand to share with people like you. Health & Not Screwing It Up is Harken's 1st book.
        Harken's Headers says:

        Agreed. Determination, will power and discipline of one’s urges towards quick fixes.

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    4neonfun says:

    Well written and extremely gripping. Where is it that you draw your inspiration?

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      Various stories heard through psychiatry and life in genera

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