Former drug addict makes warning DVD for teenagers

Former drug addict makes warning dvd for teenagers

Former drug addict makes warning dvd for teenagers

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A FORMER drug addict has made a DVD warning young people about the dangers of dabbling in alcohol and other illegal substances.

Karen Atkinson, 28, from Billericay, started smoking when she was 13 and her habit progressed to smoking cannabis which led to her taking harder drugs including cocaine and ecstasy which saw her sink into depression.

At 18 after confiding in a family friend Karen’s parents found about the extent of their daughters addiction and she went to stay at The Priory clinic in Chelmsford to take part in a rehabilitation programme.

Now Karen, who has a six-year-old son, wants to make a series of six DVDs aimed at teenagers and parents warning of the dangers of everything from drugs and alcohol to eating disorders and teenage pregnancy.

The DVD is called Think About It and Karen wants to make five more films covering a variety of topics effecting teenagers.

Karen said: “The first DVD covers alcohol, drugs and teenage sex and the first 15 minutes is a short film which was filmed with youngsters from a drama school in Rochford.

“My friend runs the school and after I wrote the scene she helped me write up a script and chose which young people to play the characters.

“It was actually filmed in and around my home and the teenagers, who were aged between 12 and 16, had a great time and said they would definitely watch it.

“This is a new business venture for me and I hope I can turn it into a success, I have got into a bit of debt but hopefully it will be a success.”

Karen has also started her own website www.realiteen.co.uk

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8:33am Fri 1 Feb 13

howironic says...

"A FORMER drug addict has made a DVD warning young people about the dangers of dabbling in alcohol and other illegal substances."

I had no idea alcohol was an illegal substance.
"A FORMER drug addict has made a DVD warning young people about the dangers of dabbling in alcohol and other illegal substances." I had no idea alcohol was an illegal substance. howironic
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5:40pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Gay Ray says...

"Karen wants to make five more films covering a variety of topics effecting teenagers."

She may well want to make more films and they may be effective but I reckon she would do well to restrict them to topics AFFECTING teenagers.
"Karen wants to make five more films covering a variety of topics effecting teenagers." She may well want to make more films and they may be effective but I reckon she would do well to restrict them to topics AFFECTING teenagers. Gay Ray
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5:44pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Gay Ray says...

"Karen wants to make five more films covering a variety of topics effecting teenagers."

She may well want to make more films and they may be effective but I reckon she would do well to restrict them to topics AFFECTING teenagers.
"Karen wants to make five more films covering a variety of topics effecting teenagers." She may well want to make more films and they may be effective but I reckon she would do well to restrict them to topics AFFECTING teenagers. Gay Ray
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4:20pm Sat 2 Feb 13

jacktayrlor says...

Good for Karen, she deserves all the support she needes, speaking to 'gay ray' as a mother of a gay drug, alcholic son I have got the t-shirt, and to 'howironic ' alchohol IS illegal to underage drinkers, I have also got that t-shirt. If I had realised what was happening with my own son, he may not have been driven by his demons and an abusive partner (mental not physical) to try to end his life. SO GOOD FOR YOU KAREN AS A PARENT I WISH I HAD BEEN GIVEN TO YOUR DVD good luck in all that you do.
Good for Karen, she deserves all the support she needes, speaking to 'gay ray' as a mother of a gay drug, alcholic son I have got the t-shirt, and to 'howironic ' alchohol IS illegal to underage drinkers, I have also got that t-shirt. If I had realised what was happening with my own son, he may not have been driven by his demons and an abusive partner (mental not physical) to try to end his life. SO GOOD FOR YOU KAREN AS A PARENT I WISH I HAD BEEN GIVEN TO YOUR DVD good luck in all that you do. jacktayrlor
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