A-Z Teen Health Glossary

Before I came in here, I was on the run. I was on the run for almost 3 months. I was using heroin and I thought I was classy. I really did. I thought I was like this person that could rule the world and do whatever I wanted, and when people mentioned my problem, I got super defensive and I was like, “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” And at first, I didn’t know why I was using, at all. I was like, “Oh I’m just using to have fun.” But then I came in here and we dug deep down into that and I realized I guess I have depression and anxiety and I had no idea. I had no idea I had any of that stuff. And I realized I had trauma in my life, and it’s not like a big, big thing, but for me it was traumatizing. And that was really cool to find out, because then I could work on that and realize why I was using. My future not coming into treatment would definitely, me being a person that no one wanted to be around, not even myself, I didn’t know anything. I was like this newborn baby. So I was like, walking the streets not knowing anything, and I’d definitely either be locked up in jail or be dead, for sure. And coming into treatment, my future looks like, just successful. Definitely going to graduate, I’m going to get my license. Living out in California, I would never think living out in California would be an option for me, and continuing relationships with people, like you guys for sure. And I don’t know, I’m just so much happier now, so much happier. I love it out here. I love the people and it’s just been a very good experience.