"I thought about it and I just knew, I made the decision. I'm going to do it. What's the worst that could happen?"
Chandler Peck came to that conclusion at the end of ninth grade. He would try drugs, he says, to fit in. And that drug use continued into his junior year.
"Marijuana, tobacco, prescriptions, over the counters and salvia," he tried them all, Chandler says.
While Chandler was climbing up the drug ladder, his parents were trying to figure out how to reach him. Their once happy son, they say, was now moody, aggressive and wanted nothing to do with family.
"The fear is, you don't always really know what's going on, but I think that you have a sense deep down that this is a child that is just not happy," Cheryl Peck, his mother says.
Life-Line admissions director Shawna Meredith agrees. What's considered 'normal' teen behavior she says, can vary, but there are red flags that appear in almost every case of a teen in trouble.
"It's not normal teen behavior if you have tried everything you can think of to motivate them to change their behavior or restrictions or privileges and when those don't matter any more to a youth and they are just going to do whatever they want, that's when you need to intervene," Meredith says.
"There came a point where there was nothing more we could do, we were losing that battle," Chandler's mother says.
Last fall Chandler's parents put their son into Life-Line, a teen treatment program, and now ten months later he is a new graduate. He has a new outlook on life, and advice for other parents.
"When you think you have a suspicion, don't wait. Waiting could be your last day, you just never know."
Chandler just started his senior year in high school and says he wants to be an orthodontist one day. For more information about Life-Line you can go to www.lifelineutah.com