True Story: Jasmine

Monday, July 9th, 2012

JasmineMy childhood was pretty rough.  My older brother was using, so I followed in his footsteps.  I started drinking when I was 11 and smoking weed when I was 12.  I didn’t really know what drugs were yet.  I just liked the buzz.

At 13, I got tricked into trying crystal meth.  It got to the point where I was drinking and smoking weed every day, and then smoking meth once or twice a week.  By the time I hit the age of 14, I was heavily into my addiction.  I got arrested and went to juvenile hall for assault and battery.  When I got out, I was doing drugs while I was on probation.  This was the point where I was just doing meth nonstop.  I slowed down on drinking and smoking weed just to smoke meth.

Around the age of 15, I ran away from home because all I wanted to do was get loaded.  I told my parents, “If you call the cops on me, I’m going to kill you!”  I started sleeping around.  I didn’t really know what was happening.  I still had that pink cloud over me.  I met this older guy and stayed with him till I was 16.  We were getting high together and then, he became a drug dealer.

By age 16, I was using about $200 worth of meth a day.  I was living with a drug dealer, so I didn’t have to pay for it.  After that, I started going crazy on the people in my life.  I threatened my boyfriend that if he didn’t give me dope, I was going to do something stupid.  Things were really bad, but I kept using.  Then, right before I turned 17, I started dealing drugs myself.  I got caught with someone on parole in an unregistered car with $90 of dope on me.  A couple months after that, I got busted with another parolee for attempt to sell.

When I went to court, the judge said, “I’m locking you up because you look like you’re going to die.”  I had no skin color.  I was just skin and bones.  That was my rock bottom—pretty much, I was going to die.  If I hadn’t gotten arrested, I wouldn’t be alive right now.

I was detained in juvenile hall.  I knew I needed help.  I asked the judge if I could go to Phoenix House.  I pleaded with him to give me this chance and he did.  It saved my life and I’ve been clean for over a year.

I entered Phoenix House Academy at Lakeview Terrace on May 27, 2011.  I turned 17 while I was there.  If it wasn’t for Phoenix House, I’d probably be dead right now.  They taught me that it’s OK to ask for help.  I learned that you can’t receive privileges if you haven’t earned them.  Most importantly, I learned how to take care of myself—and that you can be sober and still have fun.  I worked hard while I was there.  By the time I left, on November 22, 2011, I had the highest job among the residents in the program.  I was a role model to the other teens.

Today, I’m back in school.  Over the past two weeks, I’ve passed a couple classes.  I’m taking it one day at time, but my goal is to get my high school diploma or GED.  I also hope to start volunteering at Phoenix House; I am dedicated to that place.

My relationships with friends and family are so much better.  I used to hit and steal from my family members, but now, there’s no violence.  I enjoy hanging out with them.  I’ve reunited with some friends I knew before I started using, including one friend I’ve known since kindergarten.  I also stay connected to the recovery community through Narcotics Anonymous.

My secret to staying sober is that no one else can make you stay sober.  You have to be ready, and you have to want it.  Here’s what I’d say to teens who are just starting treatment: “You probably don’t want to be here right now, but just listen.  It’s up to you if it’s going to be good or bad.  Make it your dream.  It works if you want it to.”





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  • Sammie

    Very touching, and inspiring, I’ve seen the effects of this drug, and I’ve had to live with it. My dad was a user, but a user of all kinds of drugs. He was very abusive when he didn’t get what it was he wanted. My mom, little sister, little brother and I ended up leaving him to move away from all the chaos… He committed suicide a month later… Your motto to teens is very true. A little inspiration and motivation/self motivation and realization can go a long way when you start wanting something long, and hard enough. It also sounds as if you have found your passion, your calling. You seam to like it, and for that, you probably get the most happiness out of what you do; knowing you’re helping teens that we’re exactly like you. I hope, one day to become something like that. You took a bad circumstance and realized that you had a chance to get help.. Not only did you get help, but you gave back. Keep up the good work!

  • Heylilvelvet

    This was incredible. I didn’t think it was going to be that amazing until I kept reading. I have not taken any drugs, but I have taken a plant, Marijuana. All it does is make you goofy, sleepy, or relaxed. Anyways…
    Your story touched me in so many ways, and I’m glad your ways changed too. You and lots of others around the world full of drugs deserve a second chance, especially if they want that second chance to get better with their lives, relationships, friendships, family members especially, etc.
    And hey, even though I’m not taking drugs, I’m taking a stimulate to get my diploma too. I’m only 1 year away from it 🙂 and I know that by taking drugs will not get me anywhere better, but I suppose that depends on the drugs I take, knowing the fact that almost all of them are pretty darn deadly and bad for you. But you made the right choice and more teens need to read this and get inspired by this story to never give up, keep trying to recover, and most of all, don’t wait until it’s too late to change and get better with your life and health. I know I’ve typed a lot, but this is definitely something worth reading. Lots of teens think its cool just because 100,000 others do it around the world, but then they don’t realize that only a few (1,000 or possibly less) get cured/recovered from their drug and addict problems. That’s when they come to the choice. Do they want to become those 100,000 addicts for the rest of their life? Or do they want to change and make their lives become better again like the 1,000 people have?
    It’s all you (basically)

  • Cindy

    This is truly inspiring to me , i looked up crystal meth recovery stories cus i want to get clean , im on it right now & i feel like shit i dont ever want to do it agian , ive only done it twice & its got me tripping i hate the way it makes me feel i just feel inloved & loney , being on this also made me realize that i need to appreciate my family not take them for granted they love me & are always here for me there the only people i have & i want to make them proud

  • Liana Johnson

    Hi Cindy, Thank you for taking the first step and reaching out. We’re glad that this story inspired you, and we passed your message along to our staff so someone can get in touch with you shortly. Alternatively you can visit and call the number on your screen to speak with someone immediately. We look forward to helping you!

  • Brad

    I have compassion for the addict that makes it.

  • cheryl

    your story was a blessing to me. i was on drugs for 36 years but praise God i have been clean for 31 months. meth is a very addictive drug please if you have never tried it DON t!!!! It is not worth the pain it will cause you. lf you are someone trying to get free from it… keep your head up. if i can do it anyone can. prayer helps! let the lord be your SHEPARD!

  • Jasmine

    Thank you to all of you. It means a lot that you read my story and that you got something from it . Cindy I have been clean for four years now and it’s rough but it is the best decision that was ever Made for me. If you are under 18 go to Phoenix house and if you can get into one there are many great centers like Impact , Salvation Army , or simply find a higher power and find an NA meeting near you on todayna. Org

  • ljohnson

    Congratulations on your four years, Jasmine! Your story has helped a lot of people, and we are very grateful to you for sharing. –Liana Johnson, Phoenix House

  • Helen

    Thank you for sharing your story- I am a Registered Nurse and it’s better to read a true story verses reading all the statistics and facts on meth addiction. I am just doing my small research on this topic right now because I know someone who needs help. Keep it up. You’re inspiring,

  • wayne fullerton

    Good on you guys for being so strong. your inspiring so many.

  • Andy

    Thank you for sharing Jasmine, and congratulations on the successes! Peace

  • Tom

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