Motivated to change the perceptions society has on addiction, Olivia King ’20 published the editorial “Addiction is Not Always Self-Inflicted” in The Post Star, a Lake George, N.Y. newspaper. The article presents an in-depth discussion on the realities of addiction.
A psychology major, King’s interest in the subject sparked during her senior year of high school. Later, she immersed herself in the various psychology classes offered in HWS. King says several classroom discussions are what motivated her to write the article for her hometown newspaper.
“Addiction is one of the most stigmatized psychological disorders including substance and alcohol use,” King says, “My goal with this piece was to get the public to think about addiction in a new way.”
One of King’s chief inspirations has been Associate Professor of Psychology Brien Ashdown and his dedication to teaching material by giving students the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts from the people who are affected. In courses with Ashdown, King had the opportunity to hear from recovering addicts, parents of addicts and the doctors who work with addicts, among others.
King is hopeful that her piece will bring compassion to the drug epidemic. In the coming years, King intends to pursue research opportunities at HWS.