A Teen’s Story of Recovery

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Annually, ASAC’s youth residential treatment program serves 120 teens ages 13-18. CD+ changes the lives of these youth. Following is one patient’s story:

I am 16 years old and I have been at CD+ since Nov 1, 2016.  I am due to graduate from the program in the next week. I have gained so much being at CD+. I have been clean for 90 days.  I had a relapse early in my treatment and was angry and resentful for the first few weeks of my stay. Staff were patient and supportive of me and this helped me recover from my relapse and accept my placement in the program.

Since that time, I have not had any other use and my behaviors and attitude greatly improved. What I have gained from being at CD+ is consistency in my behaviors and my behaviors are much improved. I enjoy treatment; the groups and individual sessions. I am helpful with staff and peers. I am working on my assignments and learning a lot about myself and my recovery.  CD+ has helped me deal with my addiction and I also learned how to deal with what people may think about me when I am not using. I have learned so many good things from treatment like controlling my anger, learning better thought processes, and learning to leave old friends behind.  I don’t want to use drugs anymore. I take ownership and accountability for what I have done and I have worked very hard to build better relationships with his family. I have gained back my emotions while being at CD+ and it feels good. I have gained control over what I truly want to do with my life and I have goals that I want to accomplish.  It is because of being at CD+ that I am able to feel success and I have a future waiting for me.