Seventeen and addicted to cocaine.

I’m seventeen years old and I know I’m addicted to coke. I started doing it about two years, but only a little at a time. Unfortunately, for the past five months I’ve been doing at least two grams every day.

I’ve spent all of my money and it’s ruining my life. I’ve tried to stop, but I can’t make it more than two weeks. I want to get help and get better, but I don’t know how too. I don’t have a dad and my mother would be heartbroken if she was to find out, although she does have her suspicions.

I can’t afford a rehab center and I don’t want to leave my friends. I just can’t stop on my own and I was close to her (my mom) before coke took over my life. Basically all I want to know is if I should tell her and what I can do to get better?…

Honest, Open, and Willing

by: Ned Wicker

Obviously, the coke has caused your relationship with your mother to suffer. One of the best ways to begin repairing that relationship is to be honest with her and tell your story.

Moms sometimes over react, but after the initial shock of knowing the truth about your addiction, she can become your best advocate. Together you can research treatment options.

Let her be a part of the solution, rather than trying to fool her and tell lies. Also, if your friends also do coke, you need new friends. You need a change and that means staying away from those who are into the drug culture, as it is a killer.

You can call NA, or have your mom contact Al-Anon for support. Churches often have recovery programs. You need to decide for yourself and find out what options your have.

Please know there is hope and I hope you will learn how to recover from your addiction.

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