Mike’s first time getting high was at 14 years old. He had already been drinking with friends when he (and they) tried marijuana, thinking it would lead them to having more fun; he never intended to embark a disastrous path of alcohol and drug abuse. Looking back, Mike thinks he was drawn to drinking drugs as away to overcome shyness. Although Mike, still struggles with being shy and feeling isolated, he finds fun in sobriety by expressing himself through his music and playing in a rock band in New York City.
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