Chasing the High: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's by Kyle Keegan

By Kyle Keegan

Kyle Keegan was once like many childrens: wanting to slot in in school, he experimented with alcohol and medicine. quickly, his abuse of those elements exceeded experimentation and have become a ruthless dependancy to heroin that almost destroyed his life.

Now in restoration, Keegan tells his striking tale in Chasing the High. beginning with the early days of alcohol and drug use, Keegan charts his decline into crime and homelessness as his want for heroin exceeded all techniques of friends and family, of correct and mistaken. He then is going directly to use those stories to supply assistance and useful suggestion to different teens who could be being affected by substance abuse. In easy, easy-to-understand language and besides the psychiatric services of Howard Moss, MD, Keegan discusses what's identified in regards to the neurobiology of habit in youth, the right way to search therapy, and the way to get the main out support. He additionally covers such issues as cures that are used to wrestle dependancy, find out how to check with households and pals approximately substance abuse, and the way to navigate dicy events. either an soaking up memoir and an invaluable source for younger people.

Part of the Adolescent psychological healthiness Initiative sequence of books written in particular for youths and teens, Chasing the High deals wish to children who're being affected by substance abuse, supporting them to beat its demanding situations and to head directly to lead fit, effective lives.

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I was proud of myself. All the antidrug programs at school, all the after-school specials against drugs, all the admonitions by authority figures, the stigma, the reputation, the horror stories, all of it was no match for what I was feeling, and I wanted more. A Rite of Passage Versus the Slippery Slope to Addiction My introduction (and later, addiction) to heroin is part of a much bigger picture surrounding the hows and whys of substance abuse and addiction in our society. First, some details from my past are worth repeating.

After alcohol, the substance that kids most commonly used was marijuana. About 10% of eighth graders and 40% of twelfth graders, for example, did so in 2002. As for alcohol, it is the most commonly used psychoactive (meaning mind-altering) substance among teens. Legally available nearly everywhere to those over 21, it is present in millions of American homes—including mine, and perhaps yours, too. It also carries something of a special status: Obtaining the right and privilege to buy and drink alcohol legally is one of the marks of becoming an adult in this country.

By now I had become adept at manipulating people, and I felt I was in the upper echelon socially at school. I had friends in every category—popular kids, jocks, nerds, skateboarders, punk rockers, metal heads, and mid-grade kids who weren’t popular or unpopular. I rode a skateboard, I listened to punk rock music, I had long hair, I did drugs, and I was athletic. I was a well-known, popular person. But I also knew that at least part of it was a sham. It was me saying things that people wanted or expected to hear, and doing things and manipulating people to do what I wanted them to do.

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