A boy, once lost to drugs, is reclaiming his life

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  • photographermom South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    Dear Josh you can do it!!! I was so impressed with you while reading this article, I can tell you are a brave young man. Keep fighting the fight.

  • slab71 BOISE, ID
    Aug. 10, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    As I read this article, I felt like I was reliving a past nightmare, that unfortunately was a living hell. My oldest son went through this exact same situation when he started high school. He too, was self-medicating from social anxiety, which started with marijuana and ended with synthetic drugs, with everything else, in between. This is sadly, a very real nightmare for so many people. However, my son, who will turn 24 this month, not only made it out of that pit of hell but changed his life entirely with the strength, guidance, and love from our Heavenly Father and from his family and friends, who never gave up or lost hope, even when we thought he had. He will be returning in October, from serving a worthy, full-time mission in Arizona. The path that he went down, was a hard and dark one, but he did find the peace an light he was struggling so hard to find. I know others can find it too, if they truly look to God and live. My son is living proof! It's where you're going, not where you've been, that counts!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 7, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    @ one old man

    Actually I think it's 'foolish' (as you say) not to legalize marijuana. To be fair, you said drugs. I don't think all drugs should be legalized.

    Legalizing weed or not, This young man (Josh is it?) is doing himself proud. I wish you well young man.

    Nice article for the most part.

  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    @ one old man
    "And there are people out there who want to "legalize" drugs . . . . How foolish can we Americans become?"

    Foolish enough not to recognize that the most serious drug issue, not only in America but right here in Utah, is prescription drugs; you know the "legal" ones. From 2002-2010 deaths from prescription drugs increased 75%. In fact in 2008 of the 36,000 deaths in this nation from drugs, 24,000 were from prescription drugs, more than all illicit drugs combined. In fact prescription drugs are now even with Marijuana as the "gateway" drug.

    I'm not minimizing the toll that illegal drug abuse can have on an individual and those that love them, something I have had personal experience with. But believing that it is the notion of legal or illegal causing the problem is the most "foolish" belief of all.

  • Willybee71 GARDEN CITY, NY
    Aug. 6, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    Thanks for a nice article. I've been going to AA meetings for a coupla years now, and I'm shocked at the number of kids who became heavy drug users at ages of 14-16. Middle School !!
    Well, at least they're on a good path now; I'm warmed by that, and I'll always offer them any encouragement, support, or help I can.
    When a good friend mustered out of the USAF, she decided to go back to her home town to teach Middle School Geography and Social Studies, having traveled to many places that folks barely have read about. These folks might never cross the State border, let alone travel the World, in their lives. Why Middle School, I asked her ??
    "Because that's the Crossroads of their lives. I'm going to be there to help direct traffic".

  • Bro.D Cornelius, Oregon
    Aug. 5, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    Yes, there are people who believe putting addicts in jail or prison is the right thing to do IF the addicts commit crimes to support their addiction. I have a 31 year old son who is an addict, he has spent half his life in jail and prison for committing crimes to support his habit. I and the state have done all we can do to help him....but he does not want help. Until he does he will committ crimes to pay for his addiction. And he will go back to jail. I fear for my sons life...but not so much when he's locked up. And to Duncan...if these drugs are legalized then we will have an even larger epidemic of addicts. Alchol is a beast...drugs will be the death.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 5, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    And there are people who think that putting addicts in jail or prison is the solution. Drug and alcohol addictions are medical problems and should be treated as such. It is unfortunate that many choose alcohol and drugs to cope with the pressures of daily life. Jail should be a last resort when all other options have been exhausted and the public needs to protected from the addicts criminal behavior.

  • Duncan20903 Silver Spring, MD
    Aug. 5, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    And there are people out there who think the law prevents stuff like this from happening . . . . How foolish can we Americans become? Reality, what a concept, eh old man?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 4, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    And there are people out there who want to "legalize" drugs . . . . How foolish can we Americans become?