My story would shock anyone I met today. After making major changes in my life, I am a completely different person. Some of my friends that I have only known the past few years are surprised to here about my past when I talk about it. I was an alcoholic from the age of 13 to 16. When I moved to a new part of the city just before grade 8 began, I made some new friends and that is how my addiction started. When I moved into my new home, I was happy, there was not a thought in my mind that anything was going to go wrong. My dad was promoted at work and we moved into a much nicer home. Everything was perfect. I met some new friends when school started. I liked the new school. At first it was a little intimidating but, that quickly changed on the first day when I met some col people. That was the first year I went to a house party. It wasn't a big one, not too many people. however, there was a great supply of alcohol. My friend Tyler lived with his older brother and always had alcohol and drugs around him. To this day I have never touched a drug. I'm glad that I didn't accept those offers. When hanging out with Tyler, I would drink with him and some of our other friends. Not one single time did I ever need to pay for the alcohol. In fact, I have never purchased alcohol in my life. It was hard not to drink when I was around a group of friends that would drink constantly. At the age of 13 I was already becoming addicted, drinking at least 3-4 days per week. The funny thing was that I drank more often on weekdays then on weekends. On the weekend I would hang out with the girls and not so much with Tyler and the guys. That was a good choice. Because of that I have a great friend that is still a best friend to this day. So, when I was at Tylers house drinking, it was fun. All we did was talk and watch tv mostly. Sometimes people would play video games, not much else went on. Then one day there was only 3 of us. Myself, Tyler and our friend Greg. Greg didn't stay long. I was thinking about leaving too I remember. That was until Tyler forced himself on me. It happened out of no where. He was high at the time and when I told him to stop it seemed like he didn't even hear me. He didn't hurt me, he wasn't violent at all but, he would not let me go. I don't want to get into details about that incident. After that had happened, he apologized to me over and over. He even cried one night when talking on the phone when telling me how sorry he was and how he felt like he wasn't in control when it happened. I forgave him. That incident was a one time thing, it never happened again and he never did anything beyond smoke weed after that day. That was the only reason that I was still hanging around him so much. I told him he needed to stop doing drugs. The rest of my story can be summed up by saying that I missed a lot of school and I no longer played tennis (I played tennis religiously as a kid). Alcohol took over my life. I felt depressed when I went too long without drinking and I had no reason to feel depressed. Looking back, it was a very gross situation. All that I did was hangout at a house and drink while not doing much else. My life was on pace to go no where. One day I decided that I was done with it. I wanted more out of life. I didn't want to be an average person , living an average life. I broke off all communication between myself and 3 of my friends. There was only 1 friend that I still continued to associate with. It was not easy to do this and I didn't care. I was so determined to change my life around. I would talk to myself and tell myself that "I am better then this, I can do so much more in life". I have not drank any alcohol since grade 10. I went on to finish high school with good grades. Now, my focus is on becoming an entrepreneur and I will not fail! I only surround myself with positive people that benefit my life and now life is great!