Parent of teenager in recovery

“When my son was drinking and using, our family lived in crisis mode. Addiction is a family disease: we tried to “fix him,” but soon realized, we had to “fix ourselves.” To me, recovery is understanding that the “fix” is a process of learning to live using new healthy behaviors through education, support groups, and other resources; but most importantly, prayer. I know, without a doubt, recovery for the addict and the family is possible if you work the process one day at a time.”

Parent of teenager in recovery

“A friend whose son has struggled with addiction for many years told me to remember that “where there is breath, there is hope”. It is my daily reminder to never give up on this child we love, even when it seems like things will never get better. We never give up.”

Sam (in recovery)

“In regards to hope and possibly to what recovery means as well, it’s most important to me to convey that there is a solution. If we felt the way we did when we were 10, 30, even 90 days sober, we wouldn’t still be sober today. Having the willingness to take that first step out, to just see if another way will work for you – life starts to become bearable, it starts to take on new meaning and there’s joy again, relationships with family members, the simplest things become fun. There is a solution.”