Teens And Druggie Friends
A teen helps his or herself by understanding that their druggie friends could care less about them. Fact is, they’ll probably leave you for dead if they feel it will save their butts. Now, if you tell teens at risk that, they will explode with righteous indignation. That is because teens have bought into the illusion that drugs provide - that their fellow drug users understand them, that they care more than family, that they have your back.
“My senses magnified, the lights became more vivid, the music sounded more beautiful, and my new acquaintances felt like best friends. I didn’t even know half of their names and yet I felt I loved them.”
Part of addiction is chasing after the intensity of that first high. The truth is, the teen will never feel that good again, but will indeed become an addict in pursuit of trying to.
“The only time I felt happy anymore was when I was on Ecstasy. Only the drug was never as good as the time before. …. So, I began to move on to other drugs.”
And then, one night, when she when she finally overdosed, her druggie friends showed their true nature.
“While I was using drugs, I thought I’d made some incredible friends. On the night I needed them most, however, my “friends” were not there for me. They just dumped me in the bathroom, not wanting me to disrupt their good time.”
What teenagers learn the hard way is that drugs reduce a person to the size of their addiction and if addiction is anything, it is insatiable and brutal. An addict, no matter how wonderful they may have been before, isn’t capable of being a friend to anyone or anything but the drugs that own them.
By Ann Walker