When this father is concerned with his own parenting, he asks Reddit:
I (35M) have a 15 year old son named Gavin. I used to be a heroi* addict and lived on the streets. When my son was 5 I got sober and have been clean since.
Recently Gavin got caught smoking w**d and drinking. He knows that I’m disappointed in him and that he is too young to be drinking and smoking.
Every once in a while I walk the streets and help the people I used to use with. I offer them resources, give them food, etc. My wife doesn’t like this but she knows it’s important to me.
On Boxing Day, I took Gavin with me to meet some of the people on the streets. I made him watch how they lived and how they interacted with me. I could tell it really shook him, which was my goal so he could see what addiction is really like.