The two reality stars, who got engaged in December 2014, opened up about their difficult, drug-fueled past in the hope of helping other kids going through the same thing, with a goal to break "the cycle of dysfunction."
The two had rough family lives growing up. They lived in a trailer park and their parents were involved with drugs and violence, spending time in jail.
Lowell and Baltierra fell in love when they were just 12 years old and began having sex not long after.
"Once we'd done it once, we were doing it all the time!" Catelynn writes. "After waiting so long [10 months] we turned into crazy horny teenagers. It was so bad."
"Unfortunately, we were not being safe at all," Tyler adds. "We were using the pull-out method, and that was it. I didn't wear condoms and Cate never went on birth control."
As irresponsible as the teens were being with sex, they were also misusing substances and consuming large quantities of drugs — anything they could get their hands on.
Tyler admits he was smoking cigarettes and weed and drinking booze when he was only 8 years old. He also huffed air duster which caused him to have a seizure.
As for Catelynn, she started at age 10 after smelling weed in her home. She said she would get high on sleeping pills, as many as five or six at a time.
"And there was Robotrippin', where we chugged a bunch of cough syrup to get high," the couple writes. "We did ecstasy when we had that. Basically, anything we could get our hands on to get high with, we'd do it."
Those reckless decisions led to Catelynn getting pregnant when she was just 16. And it might have been an event that saved their lives, because with a positive test result, the teens gave up drugs.
"Once that pregnancy test came back positive, there was no more room for drugs and alcohol in our lives," they explain in the book.
Though the couple decided to give their first baby up for adoption, they stayed on a healthy path. Now both 24 years old, Lowell just gave birth to the couple's second child.
Conquering Chaos is available on Amazon.
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