It's sad to see more and more people, especially teens, who are affected by drugs and alcohol. Every year, despite warnings from teachers and parents, teenagers suffer unwanted consequences after consuming alcohol or drugs.
Or they see their loved ones' lives affected, even destroyed, by drugs and alcohol.Â
Most teenagers I know can say that drugs or alcohol have changed some aspect of their lives in some way.
Drug and alcohol use is serious stuff. Getting drunk or high can lead to life-changing consequences. This doesn't happen all the time, but when something unwanted happens, it can't be undone.
Now, early in a new year, is a good time to rethink what you want your life to be like. Here, anonymously, are a few stories of people in their teens or 20s who had bad experiences while they were under the influence.
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"Jane," a South Hagerstown High School student, reports that past experience has affected her willingness to trust two friends. She was involved with "Jake," who was best friends with "Aidan," with whom she was previously involved. Jake and Aidan drank during the Super Bowl and got wasted. Aidan thought it would be funny to text Jane, telling her he still had feelings for her. He did, and Jane replied that it was over between the two of them. She was angry that Aidan would do this behind the back of his best friend. Aidan texted back that she shouldn't worry about Jake finding out. Aidan also texted about some things from their past, knowing it would upset Jane. Then Jane noticed that the texting's sentence structure changed into Jake's style. She realized Jake was involved, pretending to be Aidan. She got angry. Later, Jake repeatedly said he wasn't involved in the text-messaging. Jane didn't believe him and was so upset, she stopped seeing both boys. She still has no trust or respect for them.