Recovery Is Possible—There Is Hope!
Yes, there is hope for adolescents using substances who develop addiction disorders. Many medications are effective for alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder, and nicotine use disorder. Also, psychological treatments, often used in combination with medication, have been successful in treating addiction. The treatment also depends on the condition.
In addition to medications and therapy, successful recovery involves rebuilding a meaningful life. This process can be slow and challenging as people rebuild family and social relationships and begin to expand their roles in their communities.
The process can be difficult for people struggling with homelessness, financial instability, lack of social supports, or limited education.
While the end goal is abstinence, progress toward recovery happens in many ways and should be celebrated as accomplishments. The road to recovery can be long and challenging. Recognizing the small victories can help keep spirits and motivation levels high.
The recovery process can involve investing in new interests and social connections that provide meaning to one’s life. A successful recovery from substance addiction can include understanding that your problems usually are temporary. It is often helpful to focus on positive behaviors like:
- Creating realistic goals
- Being flexible
- Having a gratitude list
- Assisting people
- Working to transform your mindset for the better
Whether practicing these behaviors alone or with loved ones, positivity can be a powerful—and successful—component of the recovery process.
If you are overwhelmed by symptoms or negative thoughts that you suspect are related to an addiction, you should contact your health care team to discuss the possibility of a diagnosis. You can also contact a local mental health facility, like McLean, to get the help you need. You don’t have to struggle on your own—there is a path to recovery.
If your child is struggling with alcohol or drug misuse, McLean is here to help. Call us today at 877.626.8140 to learn more about our treatment options.
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Learn more about addiction and what you can do if you or a loved one is displaying signs of a substance use disorder.
These organizations may also have useful information:
AA is an international organization of people who have had a drinking problem. They offer self-help groups, educational resources, and support for those who struggle with alcohol addiction and the path to recovery.
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
An academic society organization, AAAP has an interest in preventing and treating substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illnesses.
Learn to Cope
This nonprofit support network offers education, resources, peer support, and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs.
Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline
Provides free and anonymous information and referral for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns. The helpline is committed to linking consumers with comprehensive, accurate, and current information about treatment and prevention services throughout Massachusetts.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Part of the National Institutes of Health, NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA supports scientific research on drug use and its consequences. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health.
Partnership to End Drug Addiction
Partners with families, professionals, and other organizations to end addiction in the United States. They take a public health approach, rooted in science and compassion.
This abstinence-oriented, nonprofit organization for people with addictive problems offers self-empowering, free mutual support meetings focused on ideas and techniques to help an individual change their life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA works to reduce the impact of substance addiction and mental illness on America’s communities.
A comprehensive list of available 12-step programs as well as the tools to identify the most appropriate. This site has in-depth information about 12-step programs, how they work, and how to find one near you.
Books About Addiction
The Complete Family Guide to Addiction: Everything You Need to Know Now to Help Your Loved One and Yourself
by Thomas F. Harrison and Hilary S. Connery
(Guildford Press, 2019)