Students learn about drug abuse from those with experience

Chloe felt alcohol had been what was missing from her life. Soon she was drinking to the point of blacking out and vomiting. Things got so bad for her, her mother sent her to live with her father.

"I get down there and suddenly I'm not around my 21-year-old friends to buy me alcohol. So, I do the next thing," Chloe explained.

While living with her father, Chloe changed from drinking alcohol to smoking marijuana every day.

After a short time with her father, Chloe moved back with her mother and started drinking again. She told NCCS students of one particular party she attended, which caused embarrassment for her throughout the rest of her high school career.

"I passed out at a party and I was halfdressed," Chloe recalled. "To give you a good visual, my make up was run down my face, my hair was all nasty, I had vomit in my hair. I looked disgusting. And, somebody took my picture in that state ... and they made posters and they went and they promptly put those posters up in my high school and all down my small town."

From that moment on, Chloe was known as "Drunk Whore" by her classmates.

"Suddenly, that really glorious glamorous kid that I thought I was, the party girl, the one that everyone wanted to hang out with and get drunk and high with, nobody was talking to me anymore," she said. "I really didn't want to be that person. But, I didn't know how not to be."

Eventually, with the help of a guidance counselor at her school, Chloe made it to college at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Although she promised herself she wouldn't get drunk and high every day, she did.

"I went out one night and got really drunk," said Chloe. "I just had it. I was emotionally, mentally, spiritually was just dead. I looked in the mirror and there was just nothing looking back at me. I was a shell of a person."

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