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Learning Through Our Mistakes

One of the great lessons in life is learning through our mistakes. 

A familiar story…

Recently, I was contacted by a young man who recently found out that he had contracted the hepatitis C virus. He was explaining that he had always been a very good student in school, and a good overall kid. He never got into major trouble, but one evening, a group of peers got together at an abandoned mill in his small hometown. There was beer, pot, and something new he had never seen before… METH. At first, he steered clear of the peer pressure, laughing it off, not wanting to show his uncertainty. However, soon a really cute girl came up to him and began telling him how amazing this stuff is and how wonderful he would feel. He asked, with big hesitation, knowing what he had always been told about hard drugs like meth, that it only takes one time, to be addicted.

“Oh no, silly, you only are trying it. You won’t get addicted”. She smiled, handing him the band.

Facing the tough consequences

During our conversation, he was very candid with his experience. He stated, “I don’t know what on earth possessed me to try this, I hate needles. But the reassurance that I wouldn’t get addicted gave me motivation to “just” try it. Well, that was 2 years ago”. Recently, he got out of a treatment facility that his parents forced him into. Prior to treatment, he began stealing from them and his grades dropped. He was staying out all hours of the night, just to get his fix.

At rehab, they were tested for all sorts of things and he was positive for hepatitis C, genotype 2.  His parents were so disappointed when they found out. Ever since, he has been beating himself up about this. He told me, “Not only did I ruin my last years of high school, but I ruined my health. Now, I will be a recovering addict forever. I am labeled, along with having contracted a deadly disease. I am sad and wonder if and how my life would have been different had I not tried that awful drug”.

Hope for the future

I assured him that he was doing all the right steps for getting himself back on track. I told him that I understand how he could beat himself up about all this, however, he needs to realize his strength and courage to over come his addiction. What he was doing now was so wonderful, and I thanked him for getting out into the schools in his area and sharing his story with other teens. We can’t change our past, but we have control over decisions for our future. I know that with his mindset and direction, he will save and encourage many youths out there, and show them the importance of his life lessons.

I am excited to share that he will be undergoing hepatitis C treatment over the next few weeks. I know his story will be one that will encourage and inspire others who may or may not know dangers of sharing needles.

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