Addiction and Its Effect on the Family Unit

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AuthorHouse, Jan 23, 2015 - Performing Arts - 56 pages
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The play Addiction and its Effect on the Family Unit is written by the author who has had actual life experience in the world of addiction and has firsthand knowledge and experience on how it can turn a family inside out. The author has also experienced how when one gets to the end of ones rope, how they can make that decision in their lives to change their lives around, and how it benefits not only the individual but their family as well, as well as anyone finding themselves coming into daily contact with the individual. Not only does the author lead his audience into the world of addiction but equally into the atmosphere of recovery. The author wants his audience to experience the devastation that addiction can bring into an individual and their family and how, through trials and tribulations of recovery, one is able to turn their lives around and change a negative lifestyle into a positive lifestyle. The authors intent is to bring those unknowledgeable about addiction to some semblance of understanding, empathy, compassion, and forgiveness, ever reminding us that none of us are perfect and that, sometime in our lives, we will do things that we might feel are unforgiveable but yet have the hope that others will have the compassion to forgive us. The author finally wants his audience to understand and comprehend the philosophy that none of us are perfect, and like John Donne said, No man is an island entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent a part of the man, so never wonder for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee. It doesnt matter whether we come from an affluent or not-so-affluent society as we all are striving to survive day-by-day and that we need one another and no one makes it in this world by themselves.

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The author, Andre Gilchrist, author of the play Addiction and Its Effect on the Family Unit, is writing this play based on his own personal experience with being caught up in the bowls of active addiction. This is not fiction but is based on actual events that the author has experienced and lived through himself.

The author, Andre Gilchrist, was born in a middle-class African American family with a mother, father, and brother (all of whom are deceased now and have been deceased for quite). The author wants to emphasize that whatever he has gone through and the things in the past he might have done should in no way be construed as a shortcoming as his parents’ fault. The author in no way came from a dysfunctional family. He came from a loving household where his parents were married the whole time until their untimely deaths. Their only concern was to provide a life that would be better for their two young sons than what they had to personally endure.

The author, Andre Gilchrist, was given all the opportunities in life a child could every possibly want, need, or desire. The author was afforded luxuries—such as being sent to a basketball camp in the summer and being sent to a private high school, where the author never took advantage of—and now can see the errors and misguided behavior of his youth. After entering the military and his life constantly going a downward climb to degradation, the author finally reached rock bottom. The author reached a point where there was no turning back, and he made a decision to change his life around. Being a high school dropout, he entered college and went from that stage in his life to achieving a master’s degree in political science. To learn more about the author, I invite you to go to his website at There you can read about all of his present-day achievements, acclamations, degrees, and awards, and there is also information there on some other books he has penned.

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