KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- Twenty-four-year-old Kris Carroll urges you to avoid his path in life.
The 2007 Northwest Guilford High School graduate has been homeless, arrested, jailed, and fired from jobs. Family and friends cut ties with him, including his fiance who refused to let him see their 2-year-old daughter.
He has been addicted to synthetic marijuana for years. He contacted WFMY News 2 to spread the word about the dangers of the drug.
"If I didn't have any, I would do anything to get it. That's how addicted I was," explained Carroll.
Synthetic marijuana is also called spice, K2 and potpourri. It's a relatively new drug made of dried leaves that are treated with chemicals.
Kris finally sought treatment in late August after a bad reaction to the drug.
"The last time I bought some, I became very sick, started vomiting, shaking, sweating, could hardly breathe and it scared me. I thought I was going to die," said Carroll.
Kris checked into Arca in Winston-Salem for a 14-day night and day detox treatment program. He also stayed clean with the help of a sponsor and by attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
WFMY News 2 met Kris when he was 62 days sober but not long after our interview, Kris relapsed. Because of that relapse, his fiance called off the wedding and kicked him out of the house. She's also pregnant with their second child and won't allow Kris back into their lives until he receives long term help.
Kris is not giving up. He will be admitted into a year-long drug rehab program in Winston-Salem on Friday.