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It's not as great as it seems

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It's not as great as it seems

Let me just start off with my name, Hello I am Sierra and I am an ex Alcoholic and Ex Drug addict. When I was 13 I started cutting myself and when my parents found out they were pissed and they told me "Find a different way to cope with things" after that I tried marijuana. The high, the feeling I got made me forget I was ever even hurting inside. After about 5 years of just smoking pot it wasn't enough I went to drinking. When I drank I drank a lot. about a fifth of vodka to myself plus more. After months of drinking and smoking I finally realized I didn't know what it was like to be sober and I thought being high and drunk was my sober. After getting help I realized living life sober was better and more amazing than being messed up. All I have to say is if you are going through what I went through just get help. It's going to be hard but I know you can do it.

(The picture of me and my friend drinking I have red hair)

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. Cutie
well there is one thing i would like to say about this in my opinion....restricting a kid from using the web isnt very helpful all u need to do is let them use the net and talk to them about internet safety and let them know that it can be dangerous, instead of banning them from the computer, let them use the net, chat people online or whatever as long as they do not give out all their information that would make them prey to unnecessary trouble. its as simple as that
2. Cybergrace
oooh, moderated comments... does Sarah Palin have to approve? I work on a daily basis with inner city teens who are literally starving hungry and who need basic health info and prescriptions; I am a math teacher! why are they talking to me? I am terrified of their issues, but they are so hungry for food, information, STD prescriptions... please people, your kids are so fucked up, PLEASE listen to them and their friends and help them...
3. Kidsrtc
There is another great video for parents put out by PBS that totally blew me away. FRONTLINE: Growing Up Online DVD . Most important it discussed that the internet is not going away and as parents how are we going to deal with it. The documentary goes into the private life of many teens and how they interact on the internet. Interestingly parents that thought they were in control and helping were the ones that isolated from their teens.
4. Dr. Michael Osit
Great information. I am happy that you took the step to attend the presentation, and happier that you shared it with your son. It says a lot that he felt comfortable enough in his relationship with you that he was able to share his experiences occurring outside the family. Kids want and need this kind of guidance.
5. Tara
Dr. Osit, Thank you again for your support and acknowledgement of the effort that goes into being a conscious parent. It's not easy, but it is necessary!!
6. Tara
You are absolutely correct, which is the greatest issue we face. A lot of parents want to restrict their kids and hope it goes away, but it isn't going to and we need to be prepared. We can all know about what causes disease or skin cancer (let's say if it's the sun), but we are still going to be exposed to it whether we like it or not so we take precautions such as sunscreen or better care for our bodies... Thank you for the information and I will be sure to share this with our middle school at our enrichment program in 2 weeks! Tara
7. Jane
Congrats on your recovery! Great story.