I'm new to this website and this is actually my first post so here goes. I've spent a good part of my adolescence abusing alcohol and smoking my brains out. I had my first beer around the age of 14 - 15 and a year after I started smoking pot and cigarettes. I didn't know what I was getting into, I was just having fun with friends and "experimenting", but soon after I started to develop some bad attitudes. With drinking it started becoming a tradition for me and my friends to drink til we dropped, so to speak. There was no casual drinking, two beers and good conversation, it was drinking to get drunk, and you were the coolest if you drank the most it seemed. I got into fights, passing out here and there, making a general fool of myself in public and doing a number on my liver. With pot it was more of a gradual decline, I started smoking with friends on the weekends, sometimes after school. Soon after I started holding my own stash, smoking daily. It wasn't long until I was smoking all day everyday. Pot became the center of my life, everything revolved around it. I ritualistically had to smoke weed before doing anything, it was ridiculous. You might say this isn't such a severe case of substance abuse, but I was hooked on weed like a fish needed water (I know most people say its not addictive, but let me tell you from first hand experience that it is!) and I was drinking way too much. It turned me in to an lazy, arrogant, irritable and delusional half-wit. I eventually hit the lowest of lows and I felt terrible. I was really sad and sick and tired of my life 10 years into it. Thankfully and with the help of my fantastic girlfriend, Pam, I was able to get clean and I'm 2 days short of 1 year pot free. The change in my life has been huge and things are still getting better for me. I still drink from time to time, maybe 2 - 4 times a month, vary casual, and I very rarely get sh**-faced drunk like I used to. I like where I am not and where my life seems to be going. So that's my story, broadly (believe it or not)! Hope you enjoyed reading about it.