Jerry is a straight A student. He is on his school's track team and is really fast. He is going to school at Hinsdale Central and is set to graduate this year.
Great job George!
You were so close, Jerry!
After the race, Jerry goes to his friend Joe's house. Joe is using glue to get high, as Jerry has seen him do before. Jerry gets curious and decides to experiment with it. He asks Joe to try some, and he joins the 593,000 kids from 12-17 that try inhalants in the U.S. each year.
What are you doing!?!
Jerry starts to abuse glue regularly. He uses it to get high every time he sees Joe, which is usually once a week. He is part of the 1.1 million Americans from 12-17 that use inhalants. He likes how it gives him a euphoria, dizziness, and hallucinations.
Jerry keeps abusing glue, which makes him do worse at track and is later kicked off of the team. He is beat by the George, who he beat two weeks ago. Jerry's grades drop to C's and D's as he develops a problematic use. He starts to have mood swings and gets angry easily, which causes him to lose friends.
Jerry keeps using inhalants, and he becomes dependant on them. He uses them when he can't sleep or feels sick, which is caused by his use. He starts to have problems thinking and limb spasms from his use. This causes his grades to drop even more. His parents catch him abusing glue when they hear him up late one night. They want to help him stop.
Jerry tries many times to stop using inhalants, but he can't. He has nausea, problems sleeping and mood swings that make him want to use inhalants again. His parents continue to help him. He finds. some rehab options that work, like cognitive behavioral therapy and rewards for being drug free. He still isn't completely cured. He still has problems concentrating and thinking.