Real Stories About Drugs

Teenagers taking drugs

We interviewed a few people about drugs and what it’s really like to take drugs. Here’s what they had to say.

“If you’re a cocaine user or addict and you think cocaine does not hurt anyone but yourself, you are wrong. I watched my brother lose everything he had to cocaine. He lost his house, job, wife, and I am now raising his child.

“It costs you far more than just money…”

My husband is also addicted to cocaine and he refuses to admit that he has a problem. I have tried everything I can possibly think of to get him help and he refuses it every time. He has become a very violent person and he’s never home at night to protect his family like he should. He is now losing his family. I filed for divorce so he will soon be losing his house and children as well. Cocaine may seem like fun but it’s not. It costs you far more than just money. It is NOT worth it! Please stop to realize the harm you are not only doing to yourself but also to the ones who truly love you.“—D.N

I am a 19-year-old male. For the past couple of years, I have been using M-CAT [also known as mephedrone]. This is a really powerful drug with an amazing high, giving you confidence and a general buzz. But it just isn’t worth it at all. You might start taking it on a night out, not having much at all. You will then find yourself using it with friends at one of their houses, staying up all weekend and spending lots of money, even going into debt. You might start selling some of your possessions, especially when you are coming down which will feel like the end of the world. Depression kicks in big time.

I have friends who have come close to dying from this drug. You basically become anorexic because you simply can’t eat. I lost two stone [28 pounds] in weight on this drug. You will get great big blisters in your mouth and the back of your throat, making it impossible to eat or swallow anything. For anybody who has just started taking ANY sort of drug, please stop while you can. Believe me, it is a vicious circle and very hard to get out of once you are in it. I have lost my family, my friends and now I have nothing. I wish I could go back to the day when I first tried any sort of uppers and say no. Maybe for you, it’s not too late to turn things around.”

When I was 17, I tried my first-ever drug: cocaine. I was at a party with mates and it just seemed right at the time. There was no denying how good the high was. Things quickly got out of control when my use turned into a near-weekly thing. I was taking it nearly every weekend for about six months till it just didn’t seem like fun anymore so I started looking for a new drug to try. This is when I found speed. That worked for a little while until the comedowns and lack of sleep turned me away from it. I was clean for a while until I found mephedrone.

“… Soon, I was living the darkest days of my life. Like a lot of other people, I thought it was safe because it was legal…”

Soon, I was living the darkest days of my life. Like a lot of other people, I thought it was safe because it was legal. I used mephedrone every weekend for nearly two years. Using this drug became a big part of my life. I was also taking Ecstasy at the same time. Nearly every weekend, I would go out on a Friday night and maybe not come home until Monday morning. I was a wreck mentally, I was paranoid all the time and never had the energy to do anything during the week. The comedowns were dreadful. Every week, I told myself ’Never again.’ But I just couldn’t help myself. I lost my job, a lot of close friends and my family over mephedrone. Now I’ve been clean nearly two years and I am trying to become a drug counselor to prevent people from making the same mistakes I did. My advice to anyone would be don’t try any drug. You’ll always say to yourself, ’These bad stories will never happen to me.’ Trust me, it can happen very easily. I’ve seen too many lives wrecked because of drugs.”—K.O.



Elvis has been helping people since early stages of his life. His devotion to helping led him to join staff at a Narconon drug rehabilitation center to help people recover from their addictions to drug or alcohol.