Dear Straight Talk: I was best friends with
"Abby" until she got new friends and started drinking and taking
drugs. It scared me because my dad was a heroin addict and I don't
see him anymore. I made a new best friend, "Suzie", and for the
first time I felt happy and fit in. Then, on school trip, Suzie,
Abby and I were placed together. This prompted Abby and I to become
closer again, but Suzie didn't like Abby, so Suzie dumped me and I
was so hurt I hated her for it. I doubted my friendship with Abby
would survive, but I had nobody else. Sure enough, Abby lashed out
at me horribly when I expressed concern for another friend, "Gina,"
(who sleeps around, has a drinking problem, and has done heroin a
few times). She called Gina's lifestyle "liberating" and accused me
of being "up myself." Also, Abby kept telling me she wanted to
corrupt me, which made me realize what a bad friend she was. Now
I've separated myself from Abby and Gina and want to be friends
with Suzie again. Crawling back to Suzie might not be the best
choice, but she was the best friend I ever had. What should I do?
And why did Abby want to corrupt me? - "Sarah"