Teen Addiction Stories are Important
In meeting and working with Teen Addiction recovery patients over the years I have found that one of the most important aspects of their recovery is having the opportunity to share their story, their life experience.
Teen Addiction stories don't often have a happy ending but what ever the ending sharing them is helpful.
A former teacher of mine is a psychotherapist, who always talked to us about getting to the "essence of self" when helping people tell those all important Teen Addiction stories. It is the essence of self that drives the person's perceptions and creates meaning in life. Your Teen Addiction stories are important. You are not alone and maybe there is someone who will benefit from you sharing your experience. We encourage you to gather your thoughts and share them with us.
A few Teen Addiction stories
Here are a couple of Teen Addiction stories that describe the process of recovery. We’re hoping that you will share your stories with us as well so that others can learn from your experiences.
Many people tell us that it helps them to read others drug addition stories because they understand what they've gone through a little better. Many times therapy sessions are simply a place where people come and share their Teen Addiction stories.
You may find that sharing your Teen Addiction story anonymously is the first step toward dealing with Teen Addiction.
Born without a chance!
My name is Robert. I’m 16years old and I am a meth addict. I was
born 3months early 1lb 13oz. My mom is a heroin addict and my dad is in
I remember being little and moving from house to house every months or two… foster care to foster care. Sometimes my mom would get me back though. I thought this was normal that everybody moved around a lot that kids didn’t go out and play with other kids.
I was 12 when I started to smoke weed and drink I got into the gang life. By 13 I’m smoking meth and robbing houses. I grew up in abusive homes I was an angry kid who hated the world.
I learned quickly that you can’t trust anybody not even yourself. I never had to go to elementary school because my mom didn’t care. If I missed the bus then I didn’t have to go. They held me back in first grade because I barley went. In fifth grade I got kicked out for gang activity. I still couldn’t read. I learned how to read small things in 6th grade. I started going to juvie.
I learned everything I needed to by then. I learned that juvie gave you structure and I like structure. I learned how to read bigger words in juvie I learned respect. I did 2months straight in Whatcom county juvenile detention center. In 8th grade I was only out for a total of 3weeks. By then I’ve been to 2different rehab.
Now I’m 16 and I’ve been to 5 rehabs. I’m in the John King Recovery House in Mt. Vernon. I have 105 days clean I’d like any support I can get if you read this send me a letter or something. Thank you for reading.
Congratulations on your Sobriety. Life is One Day at Time for All of Us. You have a lot to give to others believe in yourself. I am going to share the following my 86 yr old father shared with my 18 yr old daughter right before she entered inpatient treatment.
I WILL WIN !
I'LL TELL YOU WHY !
I'VE GOT FAITH, COURAGE AND ENTHUSIASM TO WIN!!!
Find Your Higher Power and Win Young Man as I BELIEVE in You
Stay strong man! We all believe in you!
Always a chance!
I am happy and proud of those 105 days! You just keep it up. Remember all things happen for a reason, that is my belief.
I have been an addict for more than forty five years. And I still can't live without medicine due to abuse in my working ways. I really believe these are from things that happened in my youth.
I'm from the very early sixties, which was a very troubling time due to wars, civil rights, drugs and assignations of individuals whom believed the world could be a better place.
When I was a young lad my parents went through a divorce, which in those days was unheard of. I did my best to keep the family together. I was the youngest and I really didn't stand a chance.
I was so ashamed because of the era in which this happened. I carry this to this day.I didn't want children because I thought I would be the same. Genetics of course. I will finish this in another chapter soon!
Peace to all
Thank you for sharing. You were born with a chance. Take that chance. God kept your little tiny body here for a reason. Take care and good luck. Mentor to others please.
Stay sober an take this stuff serious, it's a struggle but its worth it.
God bless you
Your story brought a tear to my eye..the reason i'm on this website is because i'm going in rehab in 2 week, i was one of the lucky ones i had a great up bringing, it was a bad bad relationship that got me here. But gosh most people who would have had the up bringing you have had would either be dead either by the gun or drugs..you should be very very proud of yourself..stay strong..take care...Natalie xx
Boy i am proud of you.
You did it, you came away from that stuff,
a thing which hundreds of other people couldn't manage to do.
I commend you for that. Indeed, you are a very strong person. Just keep your ground and stay away from your old life. Try to follow the Lord, go to any church you feel comfortable with and you will find peace and love around you.
You're young and have lots of good things ahead of you. Make use of yourself to educate others and hopefully get your family back in track (if they are not yet there). I'm praying that you'll find love and care from the people around you.
Be strong and try to change your fate, your childhood won't be a hindrance for you to prosper in the future.
Good luck and God bless.
Your so strong
Wow that's amazing! so proud of you. I know it's hard to be born to a family that just doesn't care and it seems unfair but look how strong you are!
You are all you need :D Keep going never give up and do it all for you so that one day you can provide other people or your children with all you have xx God bless xox
J R M
by: Awesome !!!!
Robert that's what's up !!!! Man I'm sorry that you had to grow up in that kinda life-style, but one things for sure man and that is GOD is giving you another chance at having a healthy life-style.
Dude, you could do so much good for kids your age and younger on telling them that the gang life and drug use is no way to go !!! Man God is gonna use you to get to younger kids and get their lives on track.
I myself am fighting addiction and it's a battle everyday, but just being able to wake up and go to work everyday instead of chasing down dope all day is a great feeling.
Just keep doing what your doing and don't lose hope or faith. Hold on tight cus your in for a ride of a lifetime. God will bless you !!!! Good luck and God bless you..... c-ya. J R M in Goshen, Ohio
I get out in less than a month an I've been going to 2 meetings a day, thank you for the support.
Much to Look Forward To
by: Ned Wicker
Congratulations on your sobriety. The treatment center is exactly the place for you to be at this time, but there is much to look forward to. Being 16 is difficult, but you have a chance.
You know that you're a meth addict and you're learning how to manage this disease. You cannot help the family you were born into, but you can decide to help yourself.
The meth will just kill you, but you can overcome by focusing on what you want to do with your life and learning how to live without the drug. Your chances are excellent, providing you are willing to let people come around and help you. When you get out of treatment go to meetings.
Keep in contact with the therapists and let them know how you are doing. Stay in the recovery community. There's a lot of life ahead and you can enjoy all of it.
Mother of an addict!
Where so start? My son is 21 and is an heroin addict. He is in another treatment center, hopefully his last.
Why will this one be different? Because I am now done. I love my son more than anything and have done more harm than good, by ignoring the fact that he was addicted.
What addicts don't know or care about is the effect it has on everyone around them. We walk on eggshells when they are high, we hide our stuff because they will steal it, they blame us for their life sucking, but yet they drag us into their addiction and their drama and the craziness of it all.
Why do we do it and allow it? Because we love them and we think we can fix them, because maybe we didn't parent the right way and made mistakes?
Can't allow him to destroy me!
know that it will never end and I can't allow his choices to destroy my
life, I sound kind of selfish by saying that, but yet I watch him die
day by day, what kind of mother does that make me?
He has made bad choices and all I can do now is pray and support his recovery. He is in a great treatment center, not the typical hospital setting with Dr.'s and counselors that do it for a living, but a place where the doctor is a recovering heroin addict and is an all male group setting.
He lives there and has now committed to 6 months there. I am hopeful he stays but not holding my breath yet.
But I do drive 3 hours once a week to go to family support meetings, it helps him and me, and let's him know this is his last chance with me, I can open up there and say what I need to and leave knowing that he has people there that can relate and can help him through it, but he always knows I love him, I can go on forever but I am running out of room.
I will post more..
You are not alone
I too am a mother of a 22 year old recovering heroin addict, and it has been a difficult 5 year journey. He has been in rehab a few times, outpatient therapy and a 1/2 way house.
He has currently been clean for almost 6 months now. We are still battling legal issues from a drug induced incident. You are doing the right thing. Letting go of him a bit is the best thing.
He has to take ownership of his addiction-not you. I'm not saying it's easy.. We have had to lock our son out of the house, etc. I cried for days, but again, he needed to know that his problem was not our problem and we would not allow it to take over our household.
Stay strong and know you are doing what's best for him and you!
You Go Girl
by: Ned Wicker
As difficult as it may seem, you are doing exactly what you need to do and it's what your son needs to get better and return to a healthy lifestyle. I am so pleased that you have found a treatment center that not only addresses all of the medical issues, but is dealing with the complete person.
Your three-hour drive is worth it, especially when you keep your eyes on the prize and look to a bright future. It would have been much easier to just enable him and watch him die, but you took a positive and productive action.
Call it tough love, but I call it life saving love. Well done.