I figured I would share my story as well: My name is Nick, and I started using when I was 12 years old, heavy amounts Ecstasy and LSD. I was removed from an abusive household at 12, and sent to live with an aunt in Virginia,USA. During that time I did not know how to deal with my emotions, the previous abuse, and to be honest, the feeling of being unloved because the abuse no longer was happening. I spent three years in inpatient treatment before I managed to get myself clean and emotionally stable. I'm now 35 years old, have worked since I was 18 with abused & neglected teens, teens in crisis, and just about any combination of troubled youth. With my experience on both ends of the spectrum I have a unique viewpoint when it comes to dealing with things, and I use this as a launching point for my blog, which offers advice, information, and support, to parents and teens in crisis. I also wrote a self help book, don't worry I won't post a link! Child Abuse: The Ripple Effect, was a way for me to put a voice to everything that was going on in my head. I genuinely want to serve others, and lend a helping hand to anyone that might need some support. I look forward to interacting with you all.