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Tyler began fishing at four-years-old

Tyler is a teen at Inspirations for Youth and Families, who came to the rehab because he was addicted to pills, weed, and alcohol. Here is his story about his teen life of weed, pills, and alcohol addiction:

The innocent years

Since I was a little kid I’ve always been curious. When I was four my sister’s dad took me fishing for the first time. I loved it. The serenity, the sport, the relaxation. I was meant for it. I went fishing every day. I was “obsessed.”

Tyler was introduced to marijuana at 13 years-old

When I was 13 years-old, I had heard a lot about weed and its effects. The relaxation. The buzz. The let-go. This sounded like an amazing new thing. Why wasn’t everyone doing it. I asked myself. Six months later, a friend asked me if I wanted to try it. My curiosity had been piqued. I had already made up my mind. I wanted to try it and try it is what I was going to do.

The next day I went over to his house. He already had it rolled. We went under the bridge by my house, and lit it up. He passed it to me and I hit it a few times. I was pretty disappointed when nothing happened. So I asked him if he wanted to go play X-box. He said his parents were gone so we had the X-box and flat screen to ourselves. So we started to crawl out from under the bridge. As soon as we got out and I stood all the way up. It hit me. I was stoned.

From that day on I fell in love. I wanted it everyday and I got it everyday. Later on that year I got a girlfriend and started staying with her. She was around a lot worse drugs. Her sister was dating a guy named Tyronne. We happened to stay the night at her house on the same night. He told me if I went with him he would give me a Kpin (Klonopins is a medication to treat anxiety). So we got them for her and when we got back he gave me two Kpins. I went in the bathroom and snorted them. Again I fell in love. I wanted them every day, and I got them every day.

Tyler moves in with Grandma

Then my mom found out and I was skipping school to get drunk. That day she drove me to my grandpa’s house and dropped me off. For a while I stayed sober, but after a month of living there, I again started smoking weed. I started hanging out with the “stoner crowd” at school and after hours I would go to their houses and smoke with them.

Then I moved to my aunts house. When I got there I loved it. I had so much more freedom than when I lived with my mom. I never got followed around. I never got questioned. It was great. I continued to smoke weed and do whatever I wanted. My uncle was an alcoholic and I found out where his stash of whiskey was. Every two days I would sneak out and get a water bottle full. I started to once again become an alcoholic.

Tyler reaches the tip of the iceberg

Before I got to Inspirations, I can’t remember a day I was sober. Then my cousin and his wife moved in. That was a bad move. They were severe drug addicts. Their drug of choice was Roxy 30’s. They were always talking about how amazing they were. They gave me a half of one to start out with. I snorted it and then we went outside and smoked some chronic (a high potency form of marijuana). Sure enough it was exactly how they said. Better than sex and smoking weed at the same time. Once again I fell in love. I loved the taste, the high and how it made me feel.

So far in my life I have picked up three habits: smoking weed, snorting pills, and drinking alcohol. All of these habits have contributed to my life falling apart.

How Tyler is doing now?

Tyler is hard at work at Inspirations trying to recover from his numerous addictions, but he is doing well. Here’s what he had to say:

“I would recommend this program (Inspirations for Youth and Families) to anybody that has a problem.”

Tyler in recovery at Inspirations