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Hello all..

I found this forum by looking up careers. I'm a junior in high school and have presently been considering a career in a rehab facility, or at least social work in general. I've learned about different positions and such, but have a question after reading some topics in this forum.

I've never done any kind of drug and am not really close personal friends with anyone who has. My inspiration comes from solely movies (I know that sounds horrible to say..) and family friends' stories as well as posts from this site.

But before I start taking classes on this subject, I want your opinion of if it's too out-of-the-blue since I have no real close personal experience, and if it's even fair to try helping people when I haven't ever truly experienced what they're going through.

I'm still reading up all that I can about this subject, and only feel more passionately about a career of this sort every time I learn something new. Have always loved helping people, and being able to assist a group of people no one else seems to really understand and for the most part look down upon, I'd really feel it would be an honor.

I guess I'm basically wondering if the fact this comes from no personal experience is viewed as unfair to people who have gone through something like this and continue to do so..?

Thank you for your time in reading this :-)

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I'm a heroin addict of about 3 years now. I'm 19, so I'm not much older than you, but I feel like I'm 50 with all of the stuff I've seen. I think that if you want to help people like me, that's wonderful. You may not know exactly what we're going through, but over time, you'll learn just by seeing how horribly sick drugs make people. You'll see a lot of horrible things though. I went to detox once, when I still had insurance. While I was waiting to be admitted, there was a lady begging to be admitted. I guess she didn't have insurance. I just remember she kept crying and saying she couldn't come up with 3500 dollars and why wouldn't anyone help her. Now I'm in the same postion. No insurance and my habit eats away at any money I make that I could be saving. Being an addict is a horribly terrible life. If you want to help people, I wish you all the luck in the world. I hope you get as many people off this c**p as possible.
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