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well let's see at age 8 i began dealing weed & smoking it - approx 1969. At age 9 in 1970 i sold weed for lunch until 1979 started snorting cocaine. By 1985 i was smoking it & spending EVERY dime i could get my hands on. In 1998 i had spent everything i had.

Then i sought help. By the end of 1998 i was clean for the first time in my life. And i asked GOD to keep me that way. Now here in 2013 i have seen many people get clean for a time and then go back. Conclusion: one has to be done in their heart to get and stay clean. i THANK god

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1. Tara
Pedro, Please understand, I don't judge anyone. I was only trying to make an impression on my son and I have no affiliation with the site.
2. Lisaf-breakingthecycles
This is such an important topic -- thank you for sharing. I've had similar experiences with my own children, and I think the link you included with "his brain is not as developed" is especially helpful. I found other helpful links there, as well, such as "effects of drugs on the brain & teen moods." This new research of the live human brain, now possible with new brain imaging technologies, is answering so many questions.
3. Tara
Lisa, I am glad you found it useful!
4. Becky
Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your recovery.