This story is really only intented for parents of young drug-using adolescents. I am 17 and I began using drugs at 14. It started out just with pot. I was perfectly happy. I was getting good grades, had a lot of good friends, (they didn't smoke) and I was a pretty good person in general. But when my parents caught me with marijuana for the first time, they went completely berserk. They institutionalized me for a couple months. I was returned home when I wasn't making any "progress". From that point on, my parents hated me. I just thought that I had irrational parents and continued to smoke marijuana. Over the course of 2 years, my parents sent me to live with my grandparents in another state, placed me in military school and put me in a rehab program. With all of those having no impact on me and my decisions, my parents then began to threaten calling the police on me. That's when I began to lose my sanity. I began to not care what my parents did or thought of me, and started using other drugs such as spice, acid (LSD), shrooms, high-level painkillers (xanax, hydros, oxycodons, mollys), ecstacy and I even began to drink heavily. I am now an addict. I'm not addicted to any one drug, but addicted to being high in general. I am now completely detatched from my parents and speak with them maybe once every 3 days. I fail most of my classes now and all but a few of my friends have deserted me. Parents, don't cruely punish your children for drug use. Don't yell at them, talk them down or give them a slap on the wrist and walk away pissed off. Talk to them about it, be curious, and try to understand why they feel the need for drug use. That's what I wish my parents did. And if they did, there's no doubt in my mind that I wouldn't have began using more intense drugs. I'm not saying that you should allow them to do drugs, because you shouldn't, but treat your child like your child, not like a diseased animal. Please take my story into consideration while dealing with your children.
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