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    Girl Worried About Her Friend’s Addiction To Methamphetamine

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    Girl Worried About Her Friend’s Addiction To Methamphetamine

    Caller: 17-year old girl calling on behalf of 17-year old boy

    Problem: Methamphetamine addiction

    Seeking: Long term recovery options, preferably non-faith based

    Reason(s): According to the caller, her friend always had a rebellious streak in him even before he started abusing drugs. The caller stated, “Even before he got addicted, he would stay away from home for days, just take his beat-up old car and drive somewhere. However, one of his friends was using meth and said that he should “Try it!” That is the day that my friend died as far as I am concerned and this new person took over.” According to the girl, her friend started using his weekly allowance to buy drugs and would refuse to take those weekly trips anymore; instead, he would stay home and get high. The caller stated her friend got in trouble in school for possession of paraphernalia and was forced to undergo school counseling for drug addiction. She stated “I swear that it was the biggest joke of all time, instead of taking the time to help them and understand what was wrong about their behavior they tried to shame them and tell them they needed Jesus. I don’t know if you can imagine, but it had the exact opposite effect that people were hoping for.” The girl stated that after a long conversation with her friend, he recognized he needed to make a change. The caller stated she would do the research as long as he promised to seek help when she found it. She said, “Because this [expletive] rots your brain, we want to find a place that can help him as soon as possible, whether it is public or private. His dad has great health insurance so that should not be a problem.”

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    One Response to “Girl Worried About Her Friend’s Addiction To Methamphetamine”

    1. It’s just a freakin’ shame that many schools don’t know how to deal with drug addiction and experimentation among students. C’mon, kids will be kids and at some point in most kids’ lives, they’d be caught with a hand in the cookie jar.

      But shame them? Get them to believe Jesus saves and heals? That’s just an awfully bad solution, people. Get some life and get counselors educated!!! It’s bad enough that a kid gets confused about dealing with “here, try it!” And then counselors like that! Sure would give them kids more trouble than answers!

      School administrators should be well educated in terms of dealing with such cases. They must also know what “trying” or first-time users or not even users but go with the group kinda kids are. And they must know who are into drugs, what drugs they use and all that. This would help them address the problem right instead of banging some holy book or shaming the kids like criminals. That methods should worsen the problem.

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