Stories by Teens
There are more teenagers in Marijuana Anonymous today than at any time in the past. We come for many different reasons— parents tell us to come, the schools or the courts send us, some of us come on our own. A few of us have smoked pot for years, others only a few months. Many of us question whether we really are marijuana addicts. Some of us think we have not used long enough to be addicted to marijuana.
The symptoms of marijuana addiction are varied, but some are very obvious: ditching school, getting high before, during, and after school, dropping out of school, lying to our parents, etc. It does not take years to develop into a marijuana addict. It can happen very quickly. Peer pressure often plays a part in the process; some of us smoke pot to feel more comfortable in the presence of a certain person or crowd. Only you know if you are a marijuana addict. MA is here for any person, regardless of age.
This pamphlet contains stories written by teens.
The first time I smoked weed was during the summer before 8th grade. I was really curious to see what it was all about. I had a few hits, but didn’t really get stoned. Later, I smoked some more. I got so high I didn’t even know what was going on. The next chance I got to get high, I jumped on it. The more I did it, the more I liked it. I loved the way pot played with my head.
Finally, I got caught. I was grounded for a while, but I went right back to it. That happened over and over until my parents decided to put me in a chemical dependency program. I managed to still smoke pot on the day furthest from my drug tests. I tried all those purification concoctions, but my dad eventually found out.
I was still determined not to let anybody rob me of my “God-given rights,” so I continued to smoke bud and got “dirty” drug tests. My grades weren’t really suffering so I saw no reason to stop. I kept getting into more trouble.
Finally, disaster struck. I was caught at school. My hearing to determine whether I am expelled or not happens very soon. My eyes have been opened. Getting caught once can ruin your life. I’m taking my 30 day chip today and I hope to get many more chips. By staying sober, I am getting all my privileges back. As for school, I hope to be allowed back in. My only job is to stay out of trouble.
I am 16 years old. When I was 11, I started smoking cigarettes because of a friend. At age 12, I started getting into alcohol and hanging out with gang members. At 13, I started smoking marijuana. At 14, I started doing hard drugs. I pulled a knife and swung at my dad. Luckily, I missed. I love my dad because he is the person who brought me into this world. I didn’t realize that if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here.
When I was using, I had a lot of problems. Me and my dad got into a fight. We were hitting each other. The cops came. I tried to jump over the wall in my backyard. The cops grabbed me, and handcuffed me. My mom and dad had to decide whether to send me to juvenile hall. My mom said yes but my dad said no. I was released but that didn’t stop me from using drugs.
When I was in the 7th grade, I got arrested for possession and use of marijuana. I was kicked out of school for a year. After that year, I didn’t go back. I was kicked out by my parents. After 4 years of life on the streets, I was hanging out with my homies, getting drunk and doing dope every day.
Now I have been drug-free for almost a year. I finally came back to school. I am succeeding in school and life. I realize now that doing dope is not cool. I want to finish high school and go to college. I want to be an attorney. I hope my story touches somebody’s heart, and I hope that whoever reads it will realize that doing drugs is not the way to go.
I am a 16 year old recovering marijuana addict. Like most teens, I went to MA for my parents mainly. I knew I had a problem; however, I didn’t really want to stop. Honestly, I didn’t want to have real feelings again.
My parents put me in an outpatient program. The program made me go to one meeting a week. I chose MA because marijuana was my drug of choice. In MA, I learned about calling people for help.
At 30 days, when I took my chip, I was ready to be sober for myself. I knew if I didn’t do it for myself it wouldn’t mean anything and I could go out and use again. At 60 days, I decided to learn the Serenity Prayer and get a sponsor. I thought I didn’t need a sponsor, didn’t need to work the Steps. Staying clean would be enough. Now that I have a sponsor, I see how important she is. When I have a good day, she is happy for me. When I have a bad day, she tells me it is OK and makes me feel better. After 103 days clean and sober, I graduated the outpatient program.
I still have bad days. The people in MA comfort me. Bad days make me realize I need to thank God for the good days and not take them for granted.
What kind of person becomes an addict? Someone popular, with a lot of friends; or someone who is different from the rest, estranged from the popular crowd, with only a few friends, or none at all? The point I am trying to make is anyone can become an addict.
The only way that I figured this out was by becoming an addict myself. I used to be a guy who was always in the popular crowd. Right before high school began, I started being shunned by most of my friends. I had never lived with the fear that I had no friends, so I did almost anything to keep the two good friends I still had. One of the things I did was try pot for the first time. This was a big change from the way I lived when I was younger. I was an athlete, and the last thing I thought I would get into was drugs. Drugs prevented me from being the best athlete I could be.
I entered high school, where smoking pot was “cool.” I continued to smoke pot because that was what my new “cool” friends were into. The next three years were filled with many highs and lows, and everything seemed so superficial, including my friendships. This made me sad and depressed. I believe this was my “rock bottom.”
I realized I could not live this way. There was one problem: I could not stop the routine of using drugs. It took being arrested twice, losing my license for two years, and my lawyer suggesting Twelve Step meetings before I walked into Marijuana Anonymous.
Since then, my attitude and actions have changed and so has my direction in life. I do see a future in water polo. Luckily, I haven’t killed my chance in athletics. Hopefully, I haven’t killed all those relationships I damaged while I was using drugs. Either way, I know that my first priority is staying sober and keeping a clean head. Keep Coming Back. It works if you work it.
My love of pot started the first time I got stoned. I was 14. The first time I smoked pot I didn’t see the point, because I didn’t feel high. I’d been drinking for a year already and I liked alcohol. The first time I did feel stoned from weed, I dropped the bottle and picked up the pipe. That was the beginning of 2 years of hell. Since I thought my parents were idiots, I could “act sober” around them.
For the first few months, I didn’t think pot controlled my life because I didn’t smoke like everyone else. I just smoked on occasion. Once I got to high school, I saw getting high as a great opportunity to make friends. I eventually got into the stoner circle, but I never felt a part of that crowd, because I didn’t smoke like them.
My parents knew what was up. My 1.6 grade point average was a big clue that I had something more important to do than homework. When I got caught dealing, my parents decided to raid my room. They found everything but the pot I had on me. I didn’t care. I smoked out the day after I got caught. So, I was busted. Big deal. I promised to go to MA, but I really didn’t intend to stay sober. I didn’t want to be in a room full of addicts, because I thought I could stop anytime I wanted to. I just didn’t want to.
Soon after, I was caught shoplifting. My mom and dad came and picked me up. Another slap on the wrist. I stopped getting high for about 2 months, but when I started again, it was like I never stopped. My home life was awful. I was in a constant battle with my parents and my little brother was being hurt as a result of my selfishness. I thought I was the only person in the whole world.
I was using every day when everything finally hit the fan. My dad broke my guitars, so I ran away. I was caught one week later in Santa Barbara. I vowed never to use again. I told my parents that I had a problem, and I needed help. I came into MA a week later. Since then, I haven’t smoked pot once. I have noticed a vast improvement in my life, and it can only get better. So, if you are new, the best advice I can give you is read the literature, get a sponsor, and take a commitment. But more importantly, KEEP COMING BACK, because your life is still worth living.
We have found hope for the future in Marijuana Anonymous. Some of us have better relationships with our families. We have done better at school. We have found true friends, not just those who only hang out when there is weed. We have found the support of other marijuana addicts in MA.
Recovery is possible for people of all ages in Marijuana Anonymous. We cannot guarantee that we will never encounter situations where people are using. But, being clean and sober and working the Twelve Steps can help strengthen us against people and situations which may try to draw us back. Our stories portray the pain of addiction as well as the hope that comes from a drug-free life.Stories by Teens There are more teenagers in Marijuana Anonymous today than at any time in the past. We come for many different reasons— parents tell us to come, the schools or the courts send
Many people suffering from chronic pain or epilepsy turn to medical marijuana to help them manage their symptoms. Patients often find they have a better quality of life using cannabis.
Thanks in part to these medical marijuana success stories, the FDA recently approved one type of medical marijuana. The drug helps treat patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two types of debilitating epilepsy.
On this list of medicinal marijuana stories, you’ll find out how medical cannabis changed the lives of people who thought they had no hope left.
1. Rebecca Sewell
Rebecca suffers from many chronic illnesses including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
When Rebecca was ten years old, another child placed handcuffs on her ankle as part of a magic trick without her consent. She started feeling intense pain after freeing herself and doctors diagnosed her with RSD (an older term for CRPS).
At one point, Rebecca had to use a walker to get around because the pain from her condition was so intense. Most medical treatments failed her, including a spinal cord stimulation and morphine treatment.
Rebecca started with recreational marijuana and then experimented with medical cannabis to find relief.
After a time, doctors removed the morphine pump at her request. It a painful process only made easier with the relaxing effects of medical cannabis.
She is now managing her pain and no longer needs a walker or a wheelchair for assistance. She is an advocate of medical cannabis, using her success story as an example to inspire others.
2. Charlotte Figi (Charlotte’s Web)
Charlotte’s tale is a well-known medical marijuana story in the medical cannabis world.
Charlotte was three years old when she had her first seizure. Her seizures increased in both intensity and frequency as she got older.
Doctors diagnosed Charlotte with Dravet’s Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. She was only five years old and suffering roughly 300 grand mal seizures per week. Her body was so badly affected that her parents and doctor put her in a medically induced coma.
With no options for Charlotte, the family turned to medical cannabis.
The results were astounding.
Charlotte suffered no seizures her first week of trying the cannabis oil.
The family turned to the Stanley Brothers to supply them with a supply of medical marijuana. The brothers created a strain with no psychoactive effects. The strain worked so well that the brothers changed the name of the strain to Charlotte’s Web in honor of her.
3. Ashley Surin
Ashley was eleven years old when the school told her she couldn’t to go to class anymore. The school didn’t allow her medical marijuana patch or CBD lotions that she used for her seizures.
Ashley was only a toddler when doctors diagnosed her with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). ALL is a type of cancer that impacts the white blood cells and makes it harder to fight infections.
Ashley underwent treatment, but she was still having seizures.
The medication she took at the time caused her to suffer side effects and mood swings. Tired of seeing her like that, the family turned to medical marijuana as a form of treatment.
It’s the cannabidiol that helps with seizures and pain and not the THC, which causes the high.
Medical marijuana is often used as a treatment for cancer patients. But prescribed or not, her patch wasn’t allowed in school.
The family went to court, and in time Ashley returned to school. Her family hopes to change the state laws to help other children like Ashley.
4. Walter Rodlund
Walter lives in Fargo, ND, and most people know him as “Grandpa”. Even at 81 years old, Walter worked in his yard and enjoyed the outdoors.
When Walter had trouble breathing, he discovered he had COPD.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, often leaves a patient in pain and short of breath.
Dealing with pain and blood clots in his lungs, Walter was no longer able to enjoy the outdoors. Fishing, hunting, and gardening became impossible for him. It was his daughter that introduced him to CBD hemp oil.
Walter says the CBD helped lower his medication dosage and increase his lung capacity.
He can now enjoy the outdoors again.
5. Beyla Pagano
Born premature, Beyla had a large amount of cerebrospinal fluid built up in her brain. Not only did this cause terrible seizures, but doctors didn’t think Beyla would ever walk or talk.
The prescriptions for Beyla left her in a drowsy and drugged state.
Deciding it was no life for a child, her parents looked for other forms of treatment. They came across medical marijuana and decided to try it.
Immediately after treatment, Beyla showed improvement. She can now walk and talk, and her seizures are less frequent. Her parents continue to administer CBD oil with the hopes Beyla will continue to improve.
6. Vivian Stagg
Vivian was a bus driver at the time she started having seizures. As soon as she realized what was happening, she knew it wasn’t safe to keep driving.
Vivian started taking prescriptions, but they left her emotionally numb and tired.
She was having 12-15 seizures each month when doctors suggested brain surgery as the only form of relief. It was an invasive surgery with no guarantees of success.
Her daughter suggested CBD oil as an alternative to brain surgery. Vivian had nothing to lose.
After a time, she was able to reduce the intensity and frequency of her seizures. She can now manage her seizures when she feels them coming on and travel on her own.
7. Sadie Higuera
Sadie has a rare genetic disorder known as Schinzel Giedion syndrome. Among other symptoms, SGS causes epileptic seizures. She was only three months old when she suffered up to 300 seizures a day.
Doctors prescribed a number of medications for her, many of which caused side effects. These side effects led to even more prescriptions, and Sadie wasn’t even a year old yet.
When told that the only option for Sadie was a drug that would likely end her life, her parents decided to try medical cannabis.
The Higueras say that the CBD oil helps with Sadie’s pain and her seizures.
Once told that she wouldn’t live past age two, Sadie recently celebrated her fifth birthday.
Medicinal Marijuana Stories to Inspire Us
These are only a few of many medical cannabis success stories. Many people claim medical marijuana helps with pain, seizures, and other complications or diseases.
Hopefully, these medicinal marijuana stories inspired you.
If you’re interested in finding a medical marijuana doctor, contact us and book an appointment. We have locations in Tampa and Hudson, FL.
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