Everyone used to tell me how drugs were a nice way to relieve stress; how you only became addicted if you let yourself become addicted. To a degree, it was true; however, it's not true for most people. I started smoking marijuana in seventh grade, and it was just kind of a side habit until my junior year in high school. That's when it went from monthly, to weekly, and then to an almost daily habit. I thought I had the will to limit my addiction, but eventually it overcame me. I don't know how or why, but at some point, I realized where I was heading with drug abuse. I know people who've gone on to ecstasy and heroin, and I can't tell you how glad I am that I've ditched that dirty habit.