At the age of 12 I was already completely powerless over drugs

It was just, it was a completely normal life. But at twelve years old, I started to really experience I was diagnosed with ADHD and some other stuff like anxiety and depression, which is quite young to be diagnosed with that. And they prescribed me tomedications and also I was very, very uncomfortable with who I was as a person. I was overweight and I had this weird haircut and my teeth were crooked and I definitely wasn’t like one of the popular kids. And I really, really felt that.

So I started to become attracted to older people that were just a few years older than me, but were already experimenting with weed and alcohol and all of that. So I kind of gravitated toward that. I started to mix weed and alcohol with the medication that was being prescribed to me and I became a very angry young man. I wasn’t happy anyway, but it made me more so angry. And essentially I got arrested for the first time at twelve years old as well. So this is just like amassive turning point in my life and all these things are happening and I getthen put on probation at twelve years old. At that time, I was completely, already completely powerless over drugs. So I would continuously fail drug tests knowing that I was going to get in trouble, but I would do it anyway. And when I was 15 years old, I just turned 15 years old, my childhood best friend got into a drunk driving accident and he passed away. And it was very, very traumatic for me. So it just progressively got worse and worse. And by the time I was 16, I had already been in and out of different juvenile detention centers and just already on a bad path.

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