“We tried all the things,” she mentioned. “No addict goes to get assist, regardless of how exhausting you push them, until they need to.”
Elijah had the most important smile, Tinsley mentioned, which she misses—in addition to his voice.
“He was simply goofy, in a great way,” she mentioned. “He might make you chortle.”
Tinsley had saved a number of voicemails from Elijah and when she not too long ago bought a brand new telephone she misplaced them, inflicting her nice ache.
“I couldn’t take heed to them rather a lot, however simply figuring out they had been there gave some consolation,” she mentioned.
Elijah began utilizing marijuana when he was about 13 or 14. Tinsley at all times informed her youngsters earlier than they did something to cease and take into consideration the results.
“Elijah, bless his coronary heart, was a follower and he occurred to only get within the mistaken crowd and he was not one to say no,” she mentioned.
Tinsley believes Elijah began utilizing exhausting medication someplace close to January 2018.
“He wasn’t even on these exhausting medication (however) possibly, what, a yr and a half,” Tinsley mentioned. “I used to inform him that not all people who smiles in your face is your pal. Beneath all of it, he had coronary heart. He was child; the medication simply completely modified him. He grew to become a stranger.”