I get to spend an hour each week with a group of young people going through addiction recovery. Yes. Young people. I’m talking about teenagers who are locked away for at least six months as they learn to overcome their addictions.
I’m always humbled and honoured to get this time with these beautiful young souls that have been so incredibly assaulted by a world they have yet to understand. This also comes with knowing that these kids still have a fighting chance while several of my friends have already had to bury their own children.
Recently I asked these kids a simple question: "How many of you have found yourself in situations where things started happening that you weren’t comfortable with, but you stuck around, mainly because you felt like you didn’t have a way out?"
They all raised their hands.
Every single one of them.
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In the spirit of transparency... I get it. Though in my mid-forties, I’m still in touch with that awkward boy who often felt trapped in the unpredictable currents of teenage experiences. I can’t count the times sex, drugs, and alcohol came rushing into my young world; I wasn’t ready for any of it, but I didn’t know how to escape and, at the same time, not castrate myself socially.