On the possibility of recovery
There are an estimated 23 million people in recovery from substance use. I remember the first time I heard the magic words, “Recovery Is Possible.” Honestly, I hadn’t even considered “recovery” before then. It was October 4, 2015, my son was 22, in phase two of the second round of treatment in two years on the opposite side of the country in a place I found during my 100 hours of google research while he was in a 30 day treatment center for stabilization. I’d scoured the internet, interrogated eight potential programs specifically for young adults finally narrowing it down to two that would meet the needs of a young adult like my son. There had to be solid clinical care, a source of creative expression, a youthful vibe, activities with thrill factor and exposure to different healing and therapuetic modalities, not just talk therapy. I knew if there wasn’t an aspect of thrill or fun in sobriety, recovery wasn’t going be possible for my son. He was going to have to feel what he sought in drug use some other way and he was going to have to feel “fun” in sobriety or he wasn’t going to sign up for the rigorous emotional work of recovery. I had to make recovery appealing somehow. I eventually found the perfect fit and he stayed there for six months (his choice), then moved into his own apartment but stayed part of that community for three years and kept the same therapist for three more. (also his choice) He is still in touch with his therapist from that program and a handful of his counselors. His roommate from that program is his best friend to this day. (they talk every day) They’ve been in recovery for seven years.
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