Nicki first used methamphetamine at age 13. She was no stranger to drug use, having smoked pot since age 11 and drinking since age 12. But from age 13, her life spiraled out of control through drug use sparked by her use of meth; she did other drugs like acid. By age 14, she and her father would use meth together. But one day at age 14 she took a trip with her then-boyfriend to California but ended up stranded. She sold meth in order to buy a bus ticket back to her hometown in Oregon. At age 16 Nicki re-acquainted with childhood friend Nick, who had long since stopped using drugs. The two became involved and became parents, but wound up using meth together while caring for a baby.