Hello, my name is Amanda. I am writing this blog to tell you about an experience that happened to me recently, and that turned my life upside down.
What you need to know about me is that I have always been a “good girl.” You might even call me a goody-two-shoes. I have always been a straight A student, and in high school, I became the captain of the track and field team. I’m a bit of a control freak and definitely have a type A personality. I’m a perfectionist and always strive to be the best at everything I do, and I usually succeed.
That’s not to say everything comes easily to me. I work really hard at school, sports, and everything else that I do. And I almost threw all my hard work away in one night.
The story I want to tell you is about how I tried drugs just one time and nearly died.
I am the last person you would ever think would do drugs. I had no intention of ever doing it, it seems like it just sort of happened (I’ll explain how in a later post). I had never even been around drugs or seen them in person before that night.
The reason I am sharing this here is that I realized – if it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone. I think there are a lot of stereotypes about the type of person that does drugs and overdoses and they are not always true. These stereotypes are harmful for many reasons, and it was harmful because in my case I thought overdoses were something that happened to “other people” and not to good girls like me. I thought only drug addicts overdosed. I didn’t even know it was possible to overdose the first time you try a drug.
Now that I’ve experienced it I have to say that that night changed my life and affected who I am as a person. I am far less judgmental of people with drug problems because I have seen firsthand how it can happen to anyone. I know how deadly and dangerous drugs can be. I know your life is just one decision away from changing drastically or even ending.
Again, the point of this isn’t to scare you or even just to warn you not to do drugs. I knew better than to do drugs, and I still overdosed anyway. I want to tell my story as an example of how anyone can be susceptible to drugs, and how I could have handled the situation differently.
Keep reading to learn my story.