If you are struggling with substance abuse, addiction, mental illness, or any other hardship, remember that there is always someone out there willing to support you. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength!
SAMHSA’s National Helpline for substance abuse and behavioral health assistance: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
“I have been able to accomplish a lot in my recovery,” says Tele, who has been in recovery for four years after starting to misuse prescription opioids at age 13. “I just want to be happy. And I want to thrive in my life.”
Tele shared with the CDC that in high school, he struggled with anxiety and depression despite being well-liked, athletic, and high-achieving in school. He turned to prescription opioids and eventually heroin for the “numbing effect” of the drugs. After getting arrested for driving while impaired, he sought treatment for his addiction and hopes that he can help reduce the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder.
Most runaways are girls. Why are these girls here? They may be here because they have been victimized or abused. Most girls who have been victimized fear the shame that will be brought upon them and their families, so they keep it a secret or runaway. Many sad stories have been told about girls running away because they were abused and raped. So what can we do to help them? How can we help them? How can we stop the abuse and rapes?
Meth became a part of my life when I was 14 years old. I was instantly hooked. I would stay up for days on meth. I eventually tried to quit, but control was impossible. I was powerless over meth; I just didn’t realize it or wouldn’t admit it at the time. I couldn’t quit.