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First Person: Julio's Story

Former ITM host Julio got back in touch with us recently and wanted to share this with show viewers and visitors to this website.

I'm not gonna preach to you guys. Everyone's heard the "DON'T DO DRUGS" speech. Everyone knows drugs aren't good for you. I'm just gonna tell you my own experience, and you take what you will from it.

A few years ago, I started hanging out with a different crowd than I was used to. At the time, I didn't drink, smoke, or even eat much junk food. I was a pretty straight kid. Well, one day I went out with a friend to celebrate his birthday. On the way to the club, everyone was sharing a joint in the car, and asked if I wanted to try it. I was curious, so I did. All I got was a headache. They said I must have done it wrong and I should try again, but I didn't like it, so I said no. That night we all drank like crazy and had a great time. I thought, "Man, these guys really know how to party."

I had never been around the party scene before, and I liked it. The same friend who introduced me to weed was a bartender at a night club, and said I just had to try this great party drug called ecstasy. I was always kinda uptight at night clubs, and when he said it would help me relax and have fun, I finally agreed to try it. It was the most amazing feeling I had ever felt.

From there it all snowballed. I went from using one pill a night to as many as 13. At the time, I had a good amount of money put away, and I was traveling a lot, partying hard everywhere I went. At my worst, I partied for twenty hours straight, did ecstasy, special K, weed, and GHB, and ended up in a house full of complete strangers, totally wasted.

After a year of partying, my money was gone, and I fell into a deep depression. I considered suicide many times, and seemed to only be content when I was wasted, leaving my problems behind. It took a GHB overdose that left me throwing up and having convulsions on my couch, to wake me up.

After months of therapy and support from my family and friends, I'm doing great now, and I know that the artificial high I used to get from drugs can't compare to the feeling I get when I accomplish a goal I've been working towards.

You're gonna do whatever you're gonna do, but I can tell you I had things more together than anyone I knew, and drugs still ruined my life, and almost ended it. I hope you avoid having to learn the hard way.

Julio