Are You a Teen Who Is Tired of Drugs?
If you’re like many people, you may have tried drugs or drinking just to try it. Perhaps you thought it was fun, you fit in with a new group of friends, and it gave you something to do besides stress about school or your parents nagging you.
But somehow, the more you did, the worse you felt. The highs aren’t so high anymore, and the lows have made your life a nightmare. Your old friends have given up on you, leaving you with friends you realize are going nowhere. You don’t feel in control anymore, and the life you’d imagined for yourself seems to have slipped through your fingers.
For all sorts of reasons, drinking and getting high just doesn’t feel cool anymore. You feel something bugging you – a feeling you can’t quite understand – but it’s telling you in a voice that seems to get louder each day, “This isn’t the way I want to live.”
“I tried to make rules. I would only smoke pot at parties. I would only drink beer. But it always got worse. I’d start out thinking I wouldn’t get wasted, but I’d wake up wishing I were dead. It felt awful to feel like I couldn’t even do what I wanted to do: stop getting so high and so drunk.” -Dee at 17 years of age.
You are not alone. More and more teens are figuring out at a young age that they don’t have to live this way. There are a lot of teens who have recognized they are not too young to be an addict, and they are getting into recovery while still in high school.
And they are finding new hope and a new life. They are looking forward to their future, knowing they deserve everything good that life has to offer.
The information on this site will help you understand the risks of drug and alcohol use and get help if your use has gotten out of control. The more information you have, the more educated your decisions will be, whatever you choose to do next.