In this episode, I chat with Teisha about her hard childhood, her drug addiction that began at age 12, dropping out of High School so she could help take care of her younger siblings, bad relationship with her mom (since mended) and then having kids of her own, one of which has been sick and no one knows what is wrong with her.*
When Teisha was two or three, her parents got a divorce. She said that flipped her mom’s world upside down and because of it, she began using drugs. Teisha said her mom would do anything to get her fix and would let the guys do anything to the children to “pay” for the drugs. Teisha said the moment that changed her whole life was when she was hiding, eating a bowl of Ramen noodles in the far back corner of her closet. Shortly after that, her mom lost custody and the three kids lived with their grandparents.
At 12, Teisha started hanging out with the wrong crowd and became addicted to meth. At 14, she was doing heroin. She got clean from that and began taking pills because they were easier to get. When she was 16, she got the helped she needed and was able to get clean. Also at 16, her mom pulled her from school so that she could help take care of the kids. Teisha got a job doing whatever she could to help provide for her young siblings that still lived at home.
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*Please note: this is the guest’s story. Their story is how they perceive it. It is not my judgement or responsibility to determine whether or not this story and the things said are true. Please be open minded when listening to/reading these stories.
LINKS TO THINGS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
-Teisha’s favorite book: A Child Called It
-Teisha’s song recommendation: Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne (listen on the Hard Knocks guest list on Spotify)
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