My life's a mess after my parents got me hooked on drugs

DEAR DEIDRE: THANKS to my parents I am hooked on drugs – and now just want to stop.

I didn’t have the best upbringing. My mum and dad were into drink, substance abuse and petty crime.

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When I was nine years old, my father was sent to prison for assault. Most parents would try to protect their kids but mine actually did drugs with me.

I’m a 27-year-old man and my life is a mess, just like theirs. I drink daily and smoke weed most days, although I have managed to cut down.

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I want to clean myself up and have a normal life. I’d love to meet someone and have kids – and I’d want a better future for them.

If I don’t stop, I’m scared I will die young.

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DEIDRE SAYS:  Your childhood sounds as if it was dysfunctional and very traumatic.

But it is so brave of you to ask for help to break this cycle of self-destruction and be healthier and happier.

Please contact We Are With You, a charity providing free, confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health. See

My support packs on drinking and drugs have more information.

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