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Mother Of Four Addicted to Synthetic Marijuana

February 6, 2012, 9:57 PM by Brady Mallory

Mother Of Four Addicted to Synthetic Marijuana
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Designer drugs like synthetic marijuana are not just affecting kids and teenagers in South Dakota.  A woman in her 40s wants to share her experiences to help others.

Tracy's life is seemingly pretty average.

"I'm a stay-at-home mom. I bake cookies and make arts and crafts all day," Tracy said.
Tracy is so embarrassed about her addiction, she asked KELOLAND News keep her identity hidden and use the pseudo-name 'Tracy'.  

She says her four kids have no idea she is addicted to synthetic marijuana, even though she has smoked it with her husband almost everyday for the last year. 

"I wasn't seeing things straight. I couldn't even make it down my own staircase. It was like tunnel vision. Everything was spinning. It was really, really scary," Tracy said. 

She's also scare about her health.

"Now I'm coughing really bad and when I cough, I cough up this brown stuff that actually tastes like the herbal incense and it worries me what is going on inside," Tracy said.

This habit costs about $630 per month.  Tracy said the addiction is not getting in the way of buying groceries or school supplies for her children.

"But it gets in the way of me having my own TV in my room. Getting another DVD player. The extra luxuries in life we could be spending on our kids," Tracy said.

Though it is marketed as incense and used in place of marijuana, Tracy said the effects are much closer to harder drugs.  Quitting, however, is easier said than done. 

"It's like trying to stop doing heroin. You fiend for it. Your body wants it. You crave it," Tracy said.

By coming forward, she hopes this is the first step to recovery before her addiction influences her teenage son. Tracy said she is disgusted that she let her life turn out this way, but even mistakes have a purpose.

"I'm sorry. If I can help even one person turn their life around or keep one person from walking into that store and getting it, I can say I've lived a good life. I've done good things," Tracy said.

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