High school can be a great time in your life. It can also be a frightening time in your life; a time when you start experimenting with things that you shouldn't. If your experimentation with drugs has turned into a full-blown addiction, you need to get help. Drug use can ruin your life, and prevent you from succeeding in school. Not only that, but drug use can also lead to health problems, or even overdoses. Here are three steps you can take now that you've decided to come clean.
Talk to a Trusted Adult
If you have a drug or alcohol problem, the first thing you need to do is talk to a trusted adult, someone who can help you on your path to an addiction-free life. If you have a parent you can talk to, go to them. However, you can also go to a guidance counselor at your school, a DARE officer, or another trusted adult who's concerned about your safety. When you sit down with them, be ready to be honest and upfront about your problem. They can't help you if they don't know what you're facing.
Find a Substance Abuse Support Group
The next thing you need to do is find a substance abuse support group near you. Your school may have a group that you can meet with. If they don't, your guidance counselor will be able to put you in contact with someone who can help you find a meeting to attend. Try to find a group that contains kids your own age. That way, you know you'll have a support group that you can relate to on a personal level.
Make New Friends
If you've been doing drugs with your friends, it's time to make new friends. You can't work on your sobriety if your friends are still actively participating in drug use. One way to make new friends is to get involved in some on-campus clubs. You may not be ready to reach out to clubs right away. However, once you are, find something that you're interested in and get involved. If you haven't been doing drugs with your friends, sit down and explain the problems you're facing. They can become your biggest support group as you work on your drug problems.
If you're in high school, and you're struggling with a drug addiction, you don't need to go through it alone. Use the tips provided here to reach out and get the help you need.