I started drinking and smoking weed at 14. At 17 I went to college were I started doing other drugs. Cocaine, PCP, acid ,canibinol, speed, mushrooms, and anything else that was popular in the mid to late seventies. After one year there I came back home and went to work. I slowed down some, got married had two beautiful children but still kept drinking and smoking weed. After three years of marriage my wife divorced me. After she divorced me I lost custody of my children and my addictions took over. In a period of 15 years I lost visitation rights to my children, lost numerous good jobs, remarried and lost a second family, lost my driving privileges, and eventually because of my addictions I lost my freedom. Now at 53, thanks to God, a great residential treatment program, my family, friends, and incarceration I am drug free. I am also free from being incarcerated but at 53 it is hard for me to find employment. I own nothing and the children I lost, the family members I lost, the friends I lost, and the years I lost I will never ever get back. Every day I pray for all the young ones who suffer with their addictions that they may some way be saved before it is too late for them. I don't want them to lose all they have or all they ever will have and end up like me.