It has been nearly a year since – Inspirations for Youth and Families South Florida teen drug rehab – have been guests on Ask Dr. Nandi, a national, day-time health care program. Today, Inspirations’ made a return appearance. Karen Corcoran-Walsh, owner of the prominent teen rehab, brought along Christian – one of her clients. While at Inspirations he recovered from a serious drug vaping addiction.
Corcoran-Walsh and Christian talked about the 17-year-old’s teen drug vaping addiction with Dr. Nandi. The program also touched upon what other drugs teens are vaping in their ecigarettes. Christian explained the intricate details on how he vaped hash-oil from a small ecig device- surprisingly while he was in his class-room.
Ecigarettes or Electronic Cigarettes have triggered a fierce debate on how safe they actually are in terms of relinquishing harmful carcinogens. Ecigarettes also called e-cigs are battery operated products that turn chemicals including highly addictive nicotine into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. This is often referred to as vaping. Many people are familiar with Ecigarettes as they act like a real cigarrette, suppossedly without any of the harmful nicotine carcinogens.
It is a billion dollar booming business and data published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that Ecigarette use has tripled among middle and high school students in just one year. Ecigarettes haven’t been fully studied yet so we don’t really know what are their long-term effects. Another concern is that some teens are inserting in the refillable cartridges harmful substances including hash-oil and the street-drug flakka.
Ecigarette use has tripled among middle and high school students in just one year.
It is becoming a wide-spread and potentially dangerous way to inhale hash-oil, dried cannabis leaves or wax infused with THC. Now THC is the main active chemical in marijuana that makes you high.
Christian started experimenting with drugs as a freshman in high school when a friend would buy medical cannabis at a marijuana dispensary for him.Christian would pay him a hefty price for the highly cultivated cannabis extract. It started out as fun, but the more he did it the more he became dependent on it. By the time he became a junior he was vaping the highest concentration of THC all day every single day.
Here are excerpts from the television interview:
Dr. Nandi: So you were vaping THC everyday.
Dr. Nandi: How did you get away with it?
Christian: Well first off when I vaped THC, I vaped a wax-like substance. It is kind of like hash-oil and the main thing is it smells completely different from weed so you can get away with it during school. You can do it in class, you can put it underneath your shirt or go in the bathroom. It is just an easier means of getting high.
Dr. Nandi: I heard that kids in school would take their ecigarettes and they would put it in their sleeve and imagine attaching it with a rubber band and when a teacher turns her head, this is what you do. And they keep doing this all day long. And teachers have 25 to 30 students so it is hard to detect.
The one thing I see from Christian is he is a young Leonardo Dicaprio. This kid would be the last kid I would expect to be vaping. Just because you think your kid is the best appearances can be deceiving. How did you get caught vaping?
Christian: During my sophomore year I was smoking pot at a track meet and I actually got caught and suspended and kicked off the track team. It was pretty bad.
Dr. Nandi: Was that important to you being on the track team?
Christian: It was something new for me, but I am more musically inclined.
Dr. Nandi: You also got expelled?
Christian: I got expelled a second time, because two suspensions is an expulsion in my school.
Dr. Nandi: Why would you be doing these drugs? You have everything going for you and a great future ahead of you. Why would you do this?
Christian: You know I am just like a normal teenager and trying to escape from my own skin. I started off just having fun and it progressed into a habit and eventually I needed it. It was something I had to have to be normal. I self-medicated. I used it for my depression and my anxiety.
You know I am just like a normal teenager trying to escape from my own skin. I started off just having fun and it progressed into a habit and eventually I needed it.
Christian talking about his teen vaping addiction
Dr. Nandi: Karen how are you treating Christian with this problem?
Karen Corcoran-Walsh: Well for Christian of course we did individual and group and family therapy, but he is 17-years-old so we had to look at him in an entirely different manner. Working with adolescents is a little different than working with adults. So for Christian we brought back the things that were interesting to him like playing music. He plays four instruments. He composes his own music. He sings. He is artistic. He draws. So we incorporated in his treatment plan the things that Christian likes to do. He also returned to education because his expulsion was a serious issue and his education is serious to him. Fortunately, we have an educational academy at Inspiration where he was able to catch up what he was behind in class.
Dr. Nandi: Tell me about this vaping problem. How big of a problem is this in America would you say?
KCW: Vaping is a growing problem because it has become so commercialized. It is accessorized. It is trendy and it is not only vaping for cigarette smoking. It has transitioned into using it for drugs. So that has taken it to another level.
Dr. Nandi: You can put anything in that little compartment and then heat it up and smoke it. I don’t want parents to discount the fact that their kids can be doing it and a massive number of kids are already doing it. How are you doing Christian?
Christian: I am doing a lot better. I am happier. I have grown to love the things that used to occupy me and make me happy like Karen said, music is one of the biggest passions in my life. I am enjoying music again and know that I need to do this the rest of my life.
Dr. Nandi: Do you feel your future is bright?
Christian: Oh yes. I have a lot of goals in life. I plan on going to college and majoring in business and minoring in music and eventually coming out with my own label company and recording music.