I started smoking weed when I was about 13 or 14. I started hanging around with the wrong people, people that were older than me and started doing what they were doing. And then, after a while, I realized that I wasn’t hanging around the wrong crowd—I was the wrong crowd.
To those struggling with addiction now, you can make it to the other side. It is ok to be without drugs or alcohol in your life. The downward spiral is inevitable. I believe that Narconon is a programme of willingness. At the point of which you feel that you want to change, ask for help because I tried to do it on my own without expert advice, but it just went in circles, the addiction goes up and everything else goes down.
A gateway drug is a drug that a person will agree to take for the first time, despite their instinct that it's wrong to do so. At that point they have violated their basic integrity on the subject of drugs, and this can be the first step towards addiction.