Mike’s first drink came when he was 12 or 13 years old. He had no hobbies, played no school sports, and had friends who in retrospect he calls “derelicts.” Mike follows his friends leads, drinking and abusing whatever drugs they could find. It didn’t take long for him to learn where to score drugs, and as a teenager with a driver license he easily do it. By 17, his family forced him into a detox program for alcohol, but he secretly hid his drug use in order to avoid treatment for it. After high school, Mike could barely stay in college, barely keep a job, crashed automobiles and wound up in trouble with the law. Mike couldn’t even stay clean while attempting pre-trial intervention.
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