August 2002

Too much, too soon

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"In my town everyone drinks," says John Brodhead, 13 (at home in Jefferson, N.J., with parents Jack and Sharon and sister Jen, 19).

John Brodhead's bio reads like a script for an episode of VH1's Behind the Music. A young rebel from the New Jersey suburbs falls in with a fast crowd, gets hooked on parties and booze and, with intensive counseling and a bit of tough love, manages to get his life back together.

What makes his story different? Just one thing: his age. John is 13.