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No happy ending

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No happy ending

By the time Jesse was 10, he was getting drunk on anything he could find: mouthwash, huffing, OTC, meds. By 15, harder things were used. Sometime around 16, he found heroin. When he turned 18, he hd already been in a boot camp, multiple intensive care units and innumerable short and long term rehab facilities.

we tried everything: threatening, encouraging, loving, ostrascizing, evicting into the cold of winter, homeless shelters. Tough love, soft love and just plain love effected no change.

Ater a stint in rehab, he was doing so well. He looked healthy and I knew he was clean. That was part of the problem. He got a hold of something stronger than he'd anticipated. We found him dead in his apartment the next day.

How does this happen? He wasn't raised this way. He was raised with love and caring, just like his brother.

We miss him so. We miss you, Jesse. You were an important part of our lives and, four years later, there is a big hole where you used to be.

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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1. Maggie B
I totally agree with you about the drug advertising, on a lot of levels. The advertising of ED meds is not going over our kids heads, and unfortunately its not limited to television. My husband was at a Patriots game a few years ago, and said there was a person dressed up as a Levitra tablet on the field during 1/2 time. I work in a pharmacy, and I have noticed how many people feel that a pill will cure everything. Some patients actualy get annoyed if the doctor won't write a prescription for them. As parents my husband and I talk with our daughter about drugs - both prescription and street drugs. Especially emphasizing that even if a medication is legal, doesn't mean its always ok to take.
2. Jane
So very sorry for your loss.