Chloe smoked weed every day from the age of twelve in order to cope with her dad’s death. Counselling didn’t work for her but she turned her life around when she started a positive coaching programme designed to assist young people with drug problems. Chloe hasn’t smoked weed or done drugs for about four years.
Chloe tried her first cigarette and spliff (cannabis cigarette)by the age of twelve and started to smoke weed heavily. Drugs were easily available on the council estate she lived on. She would bunk off school to smoke weed. Her mum was a working single parent who didn’t have much money or time for her.
Chloe was kicked out of school for misbehaving but was allowed back in after making up a story about being bullied. She first tried ecstasy when she was about fifteen, but didn’t try cocaine until she had left school. She left school without any GCSEs, as she had spent most of her time high on weed. Chloe smoked weed every day from the age of twelve in order to cope with the feelings about her dad’s death. Smoking cannabis made her paranoid, and she also was later diagnosed with body dimorphic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. The cannabis made matters worse her problems were still there when she wasn’t high. She had also been self-harming since she was about eight, which got worse after her dad died.
When she left school she had a boyfriend who wanted her to sort her life out. She gave up drugs, and hasn’t smoked weed or done drugs for about four years. It wasn’t easy giving up drugs, the lifestyle, the habit, and giving up friends. She became involved with an organisation that helps young people with drug problems, through her involvement with a choir. She became more aware of her appearance and how she was seen by ther people. She began to sort herself out, and did a drug awareness course, which opened her eyes to the effects of drugs and what they were doing to herbody. She learned about drug culture how drugs fund sex trafficking, people trafficking, etc.
After volunteering with the organisation for six months, she wrote a report on how services can improve to help young people. She started to have more respect for herself, and became more aware of how drug culture holds down deprived areas, like the council estate she grew up on. She lived in South Africa for three months doing volunteering work in shanty towns with alcohol and drug issues.
Chloe thinks that her school teachers didn’t have the ability to engage with young people on issues affecting them. They weren’t aware of the culture that was developing amongst young people because it changes a lot in a short period, and especially drug culture. Young people were trying things that the adults had no experience of.