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Addiction (12 found)
Note: These stories are from YCteen and its sister publication, Represent, which is written by and for youth in foster care.
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The author feels intense pressure, so she begins taking pills that help her study. The drugs change her into someone she doesn't recognize. (full text)
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After years of rejection from her father, Tameara finally learns that the reason he is so absent is because he is a crack addict. (full text)
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A family therapist describes how kids can cope with a parent's addiction and seek help.

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Gia’s been depressed all her life. In therapy, she learns to express her emotions and begins to emerge from her personal darkness. (full text)
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Antwaun becomes dependent on drinking and smoking weed to deal with painful emotions, but gradually finds ways to deal with life without being high. (full text)
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For years, the writer's father put alcohol ahead of his family. When he finally enters treatment, he and Jessica are able to connect. (full text)
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When students discover he can’t read, Antwaun is teased and called a “crack baby.” (full text)
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Edwin smokes his first cigarette at 12 and becomes addicted. Now he can’t go a day without smoking. (full text)
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Priscilla remembers her father as an "awesome guy." They went to ball games, made model airplanes, and cooked together. That's why she misses him so much. He couldn't kick the cigarette habit and died of lung cancer when she was 9. (full text)
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Four relatives who live with Trenee are smokers, and she's sick and tired of smelling like an ashtray whenever she leaves the house. Her father continually warns Trenee never to smoke, but he's got nothing to worry about. (full text)
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The author suffers from the death of her grandmother, her mother's mental illness and withdrawal, and going into foster care. Isaac, first her friend, then her boyfriend, supports her, but she drives him away with her cutting. (full text)
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The writer turns to his two old pals when it comes to celebrating holidays: a bottle and a blunt. (full text)

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