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Tech N9ne Helps Fan Overcome Meth Addiction And Lost Lives [Fan Feature]

Published: May 18, 2012 in Strange Music, Tech N9ne by

According to a 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 22.6 million people in America alone are former or current drug users. This covers anything from alcohol, to weed, to pharmaceuticals to heroin. Currently, one of the most powerful and addicting drugs that is becoming widely more prevalent is crystal meth, and, depending on who you ask, it’s one of the most detrimental. Many users describe meth as being instantly addicting, giving them a rush of confidence and energy with a high that can last anywhere from 8 to 12 hours. Other effects can include insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety and paranoia. While many who try meth, or any drug for that matter, become addicted for years, or even life, there are always those who can break free and move forward.

Almost 18 years old and currently living in Idaho, Kayden, having experienced so much at a young age, is altogether a success story. After almost four years of experimenting with drugs, he has finally overcome his struggles with depression and addiction thanks to his mother, his current girlfriend, and even Tech N9ne. But, as these stories usually go, it wasn’t an easy journey.

Kayden first started using drugs in the 8th grade – smoking weed and experimenting with friends like many teenagers do. Feeling carefree and having fun, he soon he moved on to ecstasy, and then basically anything he could get his hands on. The summer following his freshman year, he smoked meth for the first time. Kayden says he wasn’t immediately hooked, but it wasn’t long before he found himself dropping out of high school halfway through his sophomore year and spending anywhere from $50 – $150 on the drug daily. On his 16th birthday, he shot up meth for the first time and knew he had stumbled upon something that would become an uncontrollable vice.

[Shooting up] changed my life forever. I was hooked with no intentions of ever going back. I went on a 6 month binge, did some of the most horrible things imaginable, and I couldn’t care less who I lost or who I hurt. I stole from everyone in my family, including my mother, who put up with all that shit all that time.

Not only has his addiction affected and even ruined parts of his life, Kayden has also lost many friends throughout the past few years due to drugs. He states that, even though it seemed too much to bear at times, Tech’s music was a huge part in helping him not fall back into old patterns.

Literally all of my friends are either dead or in jail. I lost my best friend in the world on Thanksgiving last year to an overdose. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. The only thing I listened to for months was Seepage and K.O.D. Listening to something that had so much pain go into it kept me from slipping back into my old habits.

Certainly the people that have surrounded him and supported him through his struggles are a huge attribution to his recovery. And, undoubtedly, there’s a lot to be said for self-discipline. Addiction is probably one of the most difficult things to overcome. Kayden has been clean for about a year, has held a steady job, and says he’s finally okay thanks to his mom, his girlfriend, and the messages that Tech N9ne’s music has provided him.

I will always be a Technician, because when I had no one, Tech was the one that talked me through the hardships in my life. I’ve been homeless and strung out, and I’ve been happy and clean. No matter where I was at, Tech was always blasting in my headphones. I’ve got everything from Calm Before the Storm to KLUSTERFUK, and everything in between. Even though Tech was the soundtrack of every drug binge I’ve went on, it’s songs like “Shadows On The Road”, “My Favorite”, and “Keep On Keepin’ On” that remind me where I’ve been and why I’m still here.

There Tech goes again. Touching and mending lives all over the world. Congrats, Kayden. Keep it up.

– Callie Brown, Strange Music Blog Contributor

  • I feel like I can relate with Kayden almost to a tee, and this story really touched me as I read it. I’ve been a drug addict for over eight years, and started experimenting a few years before that, just to cope with so much of the tragedy I’ve dealt with in my life. I accidentally shot my little brother when I was 8, he was 6. I had to deal with that for so many years with no proper outlet. I turned to drugs once I was old enough to know what they were. My dad died of cancer when I was 16, and right around that time is when I discovered Tech N9ne from living on the streets at different friend’s houses. I was getting heavier into nerve pills and alcohol, I almost overdosed myself a couple times. I was strung out bad for a couple years after I turned 18, getting so fucked up constantly that I was blacked out half of the time.  Listening to Tech when nobody else was around for support, and to hear his pain in his records made me feel like I wasn’t alone. Before I listened to Tech, I was a hardcore Bone fan. I’m from around Cincinnati, so I heard their unique style and was hooked pretty quick. Songs like ‘Days of our Lives’ and ‘Crossroads’ helped me mourn lost loved ones. But once I discovered Tech, it was like floodgates had opened — this artist who spoke directly from his heart and put his life into his music, I was truly inspired, and I became an instant Technician. Just like Kayden said, Tech was the soundtrack for many of my binges, but also to the other extreme has kept me from doing something dangerous; especially the song ‘Suicide Letters’. My mother and grandmother are constantly in and out of the hospital due to their rapidly declining health, and Tech is what I listen to to deal with that. ‘Show Me A God’ hits me hard right there and I can let it all out through reciting his lyrics as loud and angrily as I can. And just two months ago, I lost my sister to a trailer fire 1 day before my 25th birthday. Even to this day, Tech continues to help me cope with the seemingly never-ending pain and tragedy that I go through in life. I just want to thank Tech for being more than just a rapper to me. God bless.

  • Shane Corrotto

    I too can relate to Kayden and Richard. I just recently got clean 50 days ago. Ive always been a Tech fan from the very beginning. I started using drugs at an early age starting with weed and progressed to everything else there was imaginable. T9X was my shit for years!! I am also a recovering meth addict. It took over my life for years from stealing from family to lying and manipulating people that i truly loved.  Tech was there for me like these 2 men have said when there was nobody else to turn too. I remember when K.O.D. came out and I sat there and just listened and listened to it over and over and over again. It just blew my mind that someone was still putting their own heart and soul into their music like that and it got me to call my Dad crying and telling him I needed help. Tech has a song for everything I’ve been through and its just amazing how he has completely changed my life. Without Tech I dont think I would be where I’m at today cause it hits me so hard. My friends here Tech and think of me but they also dont realize how much he has truly helped save my life also. I would like to thank Tech for that!!! Technician for Life no matter where he goes!!!

  • Kaydenn

    Thank you guys so much for the support. Its a crazy feeling knowing that I’m not the only one who went through some shit. TECHNICIAN FOR MUTHAFUCKIN LIFE

  • phil

    I need help I have been using since I was 8

  • phil

    If I can get sombre real help contact me 2185361152

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