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Crazy, Beautiful and in Rehab

You would have to live under a rock not to know that A.J. of the Backstreet Boys was in rehab. Supermodel Nikki Taylor was addicted to pain pills. And Robert Downey Jr. just got sentenced to one year in rehab. Yup... I guess the pressure of fame and fortune can be tuff.

Rehab stands for rehabilitation. Go look it up in your dictionary. In A.J's case, he needs treatment for some sort of substance use and abuse. And you know what, he's not alone. Substance use costs our country billions of dollars in lost income, school dropouts and health problems - you name it, it's bad news.

Being stressed or depressed like A.J. can make people try to find some answers in a bottle or from drugs. Obviously it doesn't work. When you are down and out and use drugs or alcohol, you usually just end up more down and out.

The fact is that everyone gets stressed about something at some point. Day to day living is not easy. A lot of people imagine that if they were rich and famous, all of their problems would disappear. Look at A.J. He still has problems.

It doesn't take money to be happy. It doesn't take bling-blings. It doesn't take being on the cover of teen people.

You know what it takes? It takes courage. It takes responsibility. It takes faith. Let me give you an example. I recently read about a young man who had a horrible childhood. He saw his brother killed by his father and mother. He, himself, was the victim of child abuse. Later, he had to testify against his parents, which he did successfully. He grew up in foster care. But through it all he had courage.

People who know him said that he always had a smile on his face. He admitted that his life was tough and unfair, but he was always going to work as hard as he could. He recently graduated from high school with that smile. When asked how he could still smile after all that he had been through. He said, "I am an example. If I can make it and face every day, anyone can."

So think about him. When the going gets tough, remember you can do it. Better yet, you can do it without alcohol or drugs. If you need to talk to someone, do it. Try not to feel like it's only you. Everyone has some bad days. Have faith in yourself and you will find a way that's beautiful.

If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction, consider looking into drug rehabs for teens and other sites like this offer intervention services.

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bookwormlestrange
I don't have ADHD, but I know plenty about it. One of my friends has ADHD and Tourette's, and the teachers were always turds about it. Anyway, i think that a good way to deal with ADHD acting up is either changing medication or trying to eat foods or drinks with caffeine. I'm not sure if it works for you, but a lot of people with ADHD have seen significant improvements after putting caffeine in their systems. If your friends are acting like turds, you need better friends. I hope my advice helps.
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SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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