Using Alcohol and Drugs to Fit In


True Stories of Addiction: Joseph

Joseph grew up feeling he was the weird kid everyone tried to avoid talking too. He was bumped up grades because he was a fast learner and spent most of his time playing video games on the computer. He never really found a crowd he fit into or tried to make friends, because he feared being rejected and was too shy.

Once he was introduced to alcohol, however, his life changed for what he though was the better. Drinking alcohol made Joseph feel like a better version of himself. He could come out of his shell, make friends and meet girls when he was drunk. What Joseph did not realize was that alcohol was leading him into a way of life no one ever deserves to live.

The alcohol was not enough for Joseph anymore and he needed a greater high. He began stealing, which is a high itself, more alcohol and drugs to feed his addiction. Joseph was so involved in the alcohol and party scene he ended up dropping out of high school and spent all his day getting loaded. When he dropped out, he began to feel guilt and shame, because he knew his mom was disappointed. He noticed she stopped talking about him to her friends and saw the shame in her face when she looked at him.

Regardless of how his mother felt, he kept using alcohol and drugs, because that is what made him happy and want to keep going in life. Joseph’s drinking started to catch up to him and he had many encounters with the police. However, Joseph was a lucky guy and for some reason the police kept giving him warnings instead of taking him to jail. Because there were no serious consequences for his actions he figured doing alcohol and drugs was not causing too much harm in his life.

The Drug Heroin

Joseph was not afraid of anything as soon as he was introduced to Heroin, he felt invincible, like nothing could stop him from living life with his new best friend, Heroin. Shortly after he started using Heroin, he had to start stealing to support his addiction. He even kicked his mom’s door in when she wasn’t answering to steal money from her so he could get loaded. His life progressively got worse but he loved the high from Heroin so much he didn’t want to stop.

Consequences began to catch up with him and the police stopped giving him warnings and ended up taking him to jail on a paraphernalia charge. He spent 16 days in jail thinking what his life has become with a strong resolution to stay clean and sober when he got released. Not even four hours after being released from jail, he was high on Heroin once again.


This time around, his addiction took him to some dark places. He ended up stealing car from his friend’s mother who was just trying to help him. Joseph was beginning to realize what his life was becoming and felt so shameful and was filled with remorse. The night he was feeling bad about his life decisions he went to get high but for some reason, no matter how much he did, the high wouldn’t take the pain away- it was not working for him anymore.

Drug and Alcohol Recovery

Joseph was terrified because his only escape, Heroin, stopped working and he didn’t know what to do. He was scared and alone, so, he called his sister for guidance. Josephs sister agreed to meet him to talk about his life and what he was going to do to better himself. He went to Peter Piper Pizza and as soon as his sister laid eyes on him the tears began to stream down her face. She has been so worried about her brother’s life, it was a relief to see him alive.

His sister asked Joseph to go into detox and he agreed. He would usually have an excuse on why he couldn’t go but he was so tired of being sick and tired that he agreed to make this decision to try and change his life. Although he was not accepted into the detox program, it lead him to the halfway house that showed him a new way of life and how to be a man.


Joseph got a job, was able to pay rent and became passionate about others struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. He works a 12-step program today and loves working with other men to show them there is a new way of life. Joseph wants to let everybody who is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction that they are not alone and he believes in you.

  1. i feel filled with joy ever since my brother stopped drug addiction, even if it wasn’t easy for my parents. chris never passed a day without taking spice.he’s been addicted for several years now, it made him irresponsible and less serious. fortunately i came across mary’s testimony on a blog on how diviner peterson helped her in healing her son from addiction through prayers. i’m greatful to newgracefoundation. anyone with similar or any issue should contact him via email:[email protected]

  2. His story is very trebling since his early age. Loss of the golden time of youth when addicted is a thing that can’t be brought back.

  3. Drugs and alcohol do bring out the boss in you but for how long and what does it want for a return? This temporary God mode will haunt you. In addiction there are no winners only defeat.

  4. I am not agree at all with this post because alcohol not suit everyone like I heard a news someday ago a old woman is still alive at age 130 yrs because he curious of smoking. just see the ratio harmful effect is more compare to benefit.

  5. We don’t need to do what others do to have friends or to fit in a circle that will make your life in sorrow, I am glad he has a sister to help him get in that detox program. Detox program and treatment are really a huge help.

  6. Joseph your rehab its trully true,you see after you got treatment same magic come to your life,I appreciate you when you ask your sister to talk about rehab and your sister welcome it

  7. Peer pressure and the feeling of belongingness is two most common reason why young adults take drugs and alcohol. It may not be their fault but the vulnerability to show that they belong will always be present.

  8. It’s very good to hear there are a lot of people can recover from their addiction. Even it’s really hard but there are always ways for good things.

  9. Inferiority complex is one of the things that affected Joseph. The fear of being rejected. Irrespective of who we are, we need to give ourselves high self-esteem, this truely works. Trying to fit in where you don’t belong with the ues of substance is totally a waste of time.

  10. Oh Joseph! You didn’t have to go into drug addiction to be accepted. Drugs those no one any good in the long run. Thank God for his sisters intervention and, he agreeing to go into detox..

  11. There are a lot of people feeling the way Joseph did, which led to his use of alcohol then drugs. Joseph you are an intelligent chap and I am so glad you listened to your sister and went to detox. You are now the better for it and now a mentor, congrats to you.

  12. Using drugs to fit in is never the best idea, getting high on drugs makes you stand out like a sore thumb. Thank God for Joseph’s intervention program. Detox to rehab thank you for sharing this story

  13. The 12-step program is actually helping many to recover from their old ways as they abstain from drugs and alcohol. Thanks for sharing this

  14. It’s just so unfortunate that a lot of people who are drug addicts today started taking drugs because they wanted to fit in . If only they knew the kind of terrible habit they developed, they would never have done it in the first place. Joseph story resonates with a lot of people. I’m glad he is getting the help he needs

  15. The effect of abuse goes from good to worse feelings. At first Joseph thought he has found good alternative to help him becoming who he really wants to be, not knowing that, that same thing would lead to his greatest fall. Addiction is never an option. One should always see professionals when the need arises.

  16. He made the worst mistake of his life to use alcohol and harmful drugs trying to fit in to the crowd. It’s better to be alone and be creative than being with people with corrupt minds.

  17. Drug addiction is like a cancer in one’s life. People involving in drug abuse believe it’s a way to be fit not knowing that it kills them bit wise. Thanks for sharing this story and piece .

  18. Indulging in substance abuse can ruin one’s life. Its disadvantages outweigh its advantages. People should, however, abstain from the unwholesome act if truly they desire better health and life.

  19. Seriously it will get to a time when alcohol looks to light while trying to fit in, you start looking for stronger substances. This is when addiction starts

  20. So excited for Joseph that he overcome his troubles. But I do insist that abstain from drug and alcohol is the best way from addiction.
    Incase the addiction have set in, Campral (acamprosate) is the most recent medication approved for the treatment of alcohol dependence or alcoholism in the U.S.

  21. Its really important to also understand that nothing should make you use drugs, not even to feel among. It doesn’t matter please, your health is important to us all

  22. There are always consequences when you just wanna matter among your cliques what come may. It really doesn’t mean, just be yourself and enjoy easily.

  23. Waoo. I’m glad he had an escape. Drug addiction is so harmful. It’s better to stay away from drugs than to get addicted. It does no good but harm.

  24. Joseph had a very shy personality. I also have a shy kind of personality and even I have never found the right kind of friends in my entire life. People often tell me that the world is just like this. This world is full of self-centered people. However, I believe that all the people are not like that. You may find the right kind of people who do care about you. However, just because you cannot find the right people, this does not mean that you should turn yourself to alcohol or any other kind of drug that would actually do more harm than good. Remember! the “good feelings” that any addiction gives you is temporary. It takes a lot from you in the long-term.

  25. I think one of the best things once a person gets recovered from drugs and alcohol, is the fact that they can help other people who are in the same situation they were, and bring them hope.

  26. Addiction damages your life, your relationship with others, makes you feel unsatisfied with everything. If you love yourself, dont take drugs.

  27. Drugs have done so much damage to this world . It is nobody’s joy for anybody to be an addict . And also all thanks to detox for all they are doing

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