Doing Drugs to Feel Cool

True Stories of Addiction: Josh

He grew up without knowing anything about drugs. Josh’s parents never talked to him about drugs and the friends he had didn’t experiment with them. One day, Josh got the idea in his head that if he were to lie to people about using drugs he would easily make new cool friends and fit in with the popular crowd. The word got out around school that Josh was smoking weed. Some of the kids who smoked found Josh and made plans to go smoke Marijuana with him.

Marijuana and Other Drugs


Josh was in class about a week before he was going to smoke with his new friends and wrote in his journal, “I think I am about to go do something very bad.” Josh knew what he was doing was not the best idea but knew if he smoked with these kids, he would fit in with the popular crowd, which was very important to him.

Josh went through with smoking Marijuana that weekend. He was just 14 years old at the time and now felt like he had life figured out. From that point forward he felt destine to smoke Marijuana every day for the rest of his life. He was certain he could now get through life because Marijuana made him feel accepted and better than he ever had.


Just one hit of Marijuana made Josh obsessed with getting high. He had it in his mind he was going to try every drug he possibly could until he found the perfect one. This went on for a while and Josh’s parents and other family members started to worry; they felt they were losing him.

Treatment and Recovery


When Josh turned 20, his family decided it would be best if he went to treatment so they all got together and surprised him with an intervention. He agreed to treatment and completed a 60-day program. In treatment, he was introduced to the 12-step program and the whole sober network that he never knew existed. He thought he was going to live addicted to drugs his whole life, he never knew there was an option for a better life.

After leaving treatment Josh suffered a few, quick relapses but finally understood what he had to do to stay sober and plugged in with the 12-step fellowship the best he could. Josh was able to put together four years sober, which he says were the best four years of his life.

His sobriety took him back to school, he graduated and now has a degree in Neuro Science. He was okay without drugs and life without drugs became normal for him. That was until his life got “too busy” for the 12-step fellowship. Without the fellowship, he felt as if he was sleep walking through life.

Relapse Over Alcohol and Drugs

Josh was working for a company that had a bar right in the office. He thought since alcohol was never really his problem because he liked drugs, he could have a drink every now and again. This thought process got to him and before he even could get to the bar he decided that trying Heroin sounded like a better idea.

Josh and his friend enjoyed doing Heroin together and before they knew it they were using it without stopping for a month straight. Josh knew if he were to stop, withdrawal would occur so he kept using. He was using for about a month before he realized this wasn’t the life he wanted to live.

Life Without Drugs

His recovery now is different than before. He does not think about getting high and is happy he is living a life without the use of drugs and alcohol. He knows if he doesn’t work the 12-step program, he will fall off the wagon and drink and use again. He thought this life wasn’t possible and is now willing to do anything to stay sober for good. If you or a loved one started using drugs and can’t stop, please give us a call. We are here to help: (866) 578-7471

  1. The way I see it, Josh’s parents should have taken time to teach him about the dangers of doing drugs. His story would have been very different were that the case.

  2. Drugs can’t make you feel cool, it does the opposite. Never done yourself compelled to use drugs just to feel among, it’s a wrong move.

  3. Wow,I have heard a lot of testimonies and I can say this is really cool. Congratulations for realizing soon and getting back up.Parents and friends have a lot to do I’m not using drugs and having your best life

  4. Doing drugs can never make you feel cool, it will only make you lose a part of yourself bit by bit. Thank God for his family staging an intervention for him, a very inspirational story.

  5. Yes, living life without drugs is possible and feasible. Even the addicts finally after treatment live without that must used substance.

  6. Trying out that awkward dark path is the always the beginning of the end. I’m elated Detoxtorehab 12 steps alongside the sobriety works wonders.

  7. I like Josh’s story because even after relapsing he never gave up on the 12 step program. That played a big role in helping him recover!

  8. Peer pressure is everywhere. That is why you jeed to choose your circle. Good thing you were able to overcome drug addiction.

  9. Get cool for few minutes or hour at most and become miserable afterwards. Is that what you wanted for your life. Never have I seen a good reward from doing drugs

  10. A life without drugs after a life of addiction makes one appreciate life even more. My hope is that Josh stays on the recovery path and never relapses.

  11. At the teenage level, they tend to figure out somethings by themselves when not taught. Josh put himself into the big mess. Parents should take time and educate their children in the proper way and not assume they know. Above all, we should associate ourselves with good people.

  12. It is really hard if you are naïve to some things. Having a mask does not help too. We need to understand that those people that are doing drugs have some problems in their life in way or the other that they are having hard to cope up.

  13. It’s really hard to believe that most of the peoples will feel cool when the using drugs, alcohol or ciggaretes. For me it’s not cool at all, it’s just something will kill you.

  14. It has always been true about the saying, “you are who you are with.” But then I admire the story of Josh because he was awaken of what really is essential about his life. Hoping for your continued recovery.

  15. Drug addiction can make a teenager thought he or she is riding to seven Haven. But to be frank they riding to their state of illusion. It’s good Josh’s parents discovered their son’s shortcomings and delivered him.

  16. Drugs are never cool, your company is something which you can choose so choose it wisely otherwise it can lead you somewhere which is like hell for you.

  17. Being available for teenagers is the best gift because, at this stage they tend to do unimaginable things. Thanks for the grace of God the found you.

  18. Youth thinks this way that is they take drugs or anything stuff like that, they will be cool. But, this is a typical mindset of them which needs to be changed as soon as possible before things turn too bad.

  19. Thank you for sharing this sad yet inspirational blog. Really appreciate that people get a new perspective after seeing that drugs are a problem. Glad that there is wonderful progress and I hope that he continues his progress!

  20. I agree but the question is for how long? How long until it comes knocking at your door and collect its dues? When that time comes are you willing to pay the price? Your life will be the payment for this so stay away from it.

  21. No one should ever think that taking drugs or doing what is not right would make you fit in. It won’t and can’t, it is your person that makes you who you are. Josh should be thankful he has a family that cares and the determination to stay off drugs.

  22. I really feel for Josh. I don’t want to point fingers but I really believe his parents ought to have talked to him about drugs. Some parents avoid topics like drug addiction, sex and stuff like that. I have no idea why they do that. Maybe if Josh had received the proper orientation , he wouldn’t have gone into drugs. Well, thank God he is recovering. I just hope he doesn’t go back to drugs

  23. Josh is quite a fortunate guy that the drugs didn’t ruin him in his bid to fit in and be cool. He made a good decision to become sober and take the 12 step program.

  24. Abuse of any chemical substance isn’t worthy at all. It could make you feel powerful n a moment but definitely regret it for a long time. before anything gets too worse, be firm to say to yourself that you need to stop and seek the right professional attention.

  25. High school can be pretty complicated and the need to fit in is so high. This need to be the coolest or part of the coolest has blinded so many into doing nasty things.

  26. From the story, it is evidently clear that addiction can ruin one’s life if care is not taken. Besides, the kind of friends one keeps can influence one’s life either positively or negatively. This, we should avoid the company of bar friends.

  27. Most of the people who take drugs are influenced by peer. They do drugs to make them look cool and feel great. This is until the addiction comes in and they are deep in serious issues.

  28. Drugs and alcohol are injurious to people’s health. I strongly believe people should desist from unwholesome act for sound health to be ensured.

  29. I so understand this feeling that Josh was feeling. It can be really overwhelming. But then drug addiction is bad and need to be avoided

  30. Drugs is not the best way to happiness or way out of depression.
    People indulge in drugs should seek medical attention and stay away from it.

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