Philip’s story

Philip (20) took drugs with his friends but wanted some advice on the ‘no frills’ effects. His cousin showed him TheSite.org and he found the kind of straight-talking advice he’d been looking for.

“I started taking drugs but my real friends aren’t too educated on the issues concerning them and neither was I. We didn’t really know about their effects or what damage we were doing to ourselves. So my cousin searched for advice on a search engine and found TheSite.org.

“The drugs information taught me that there are many people throughout the UK who are in a similar position to me, with similar problems.”

The drink and drugs section has been really helpful. The information taught me that there are many people throughout the UK who are in a similar position to myself, with similar problems. I found advice on how to sort out some of my problems and the factsheets helped me educate myself on the dangers and side effects of drugs. I like the fact that they avoid using big words and tired rhetoric, and the information has helped me to shape my own views on taking drugs.

I wanted to hear other people’s opinions on using drugs, too, and I found it on the discussion boards. The drugs forum helped me to connect with people my own age. I’ve met some interesting and helpful people and I feel the people on the boards are mates, even though I’ve never met them. I feel like a mentor now; someone who’s mature and willing to give advice to others.”

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