When I was younger, my family had a lot of problems.
- My mother was in and out of jail and I didn’t know who my father was.
My brothers and I didn’t look alike and I honestly didn’t think we had the same father’s. We were in and out of foster homes until we were twelve years old. That’s when the state took us out of our home for the last time. We were placed with a foster family that adopted my brother and I. Unfortunately, the damage was already done and all of the love and compassion in the world could not fix my depression and despair. I thought alcohol was that answer to my problems. I started drinking when I was 15 years old. I went to rehab the first time when I was 17. I was convicted of DUI before I was actually old enough to consume alcohol legally. When I was convicted of a DUI, I was sentenced to spend a year in prison. During that time, I went through alcohol rehabilitation classes. I learned about my triggers and my addiction. When I got out of prison, I decided to start using recreational marijuana. I was tempted to start drinking again, but recreational marijuana was a much better answer to my problems. Medical doctors agreed and gave me a prescription for marijuana so I wouldn’t have to pay the higher taxes. I use marijuana everyday and it makes me feel calm and relaxed. I’m also seeing a therapist, and it helps to talk about my past and my childhood.