I can remember the day like it was yesterday. Walking home from Primary school I saw two of my cousins, they both were driving brand new Toyota Celicas. These, at the time, was ‘the car’...... They were dressed sharp, known to have women, most of all they were known drug dealers. Boy, did I want to be like them, didn’t know at the time they were heroin addicts. Neither did I know the saying, ‘be careful what you wish for’.
I started smoking herb, than moved on to cocaine and heroin. I was using heroin long before people knew. It wasn’t too many guys in my circle that used it, most users were older. Mind you, I had nice cars, some of the prettiest girls around, dressed nice, like the youth say, ‘I had game’. I had no knowledge about drugs, let alone addiction. All that wasn’t around then. If you wanted to clean up, you just stopped. People were successful (some) back then. I guess because there were no other options. Addiction is a progressive disease, the World Health Organization hadn’t classified it as a disease back then. So people thought addicts are weak people and you were treated like dirt, because people thought these are just weak-minded people. Bermuda still doesn’t like at addicts like they do people with other diseases...
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