Inspirations Cocaine Addiction Treatment Program gets teen back in Track

April 4, 2017

Meet Raymond!

Inspirations for Youth and Families has helped many teen addicts and their families to overcome addiction and live a more positive and healthy lifestyle. Raymond is one of the many teens we help to get back on track and enjoy a sober lifestyle.

“Having fun sober is way better than having fun high!”

-Raymond, a former Inspirations teen

Like many before him, Raymond entered Inspirations for help with a disease that was taking control over his life and his future. In the year since Raymond began abusing cocaine, he went from an average student to not attending school at all.

“It was really bad then I just stopped going all around cause I didn’t want to deal with it.”

-Raymond, on how cocaine abuse affected his education.

Getting help for teen cocaine addiction

Sending your teen away to get help is not an easy task. It takes an immense amount off courage and is something Raymond is thankful his parents made the choice to do. He was unable to see the effect drugs had on his life until his parents decided it was time to seek treatment.

It was the first time I’ve seen my parents cry when they were sending me away said, Raymond. However, this tough decision was needed as Raymond’s life was spiraling out of control.

“I was using pretty much every day. I was sent here for using and selling cocaine. Then my life turned downhill. in I wasn’t really talking to my parents and I was basically living at my friends’ house.”

The best part of Inspirations teen treatment

During his stay, Raymond has thoroughly enjoyed all our program has had to offer. His favorite parts of treatment were our sober fun activities headed by recreational director Jesse.

Jesse kept it live and we never had a boring day when he was around. Played baseball, going to the beach, beach volleyball, basketball and all that.

Inspirations Educational Program also played a vital role in Raymond’s recovery. Together with his local school,l we were able to create a lesson plan designed to help him get back on track! Raymond’s education began to suffer immensely from his drug abuse. With the help of our qualified staff, Raymond is now ready to finish is senior year strong and sober.

Another favorite of Raymond was being able to experience therapy. He quickly adapted to the idea of reaching out to someone for help when he needed it. Inspirations family therapy sessions also helped Raymond to connect with his family and effectively communicate his thoughts and emotions. Along with his individual therapy sessions, Raymond is now able to express his innermost thoughts in a respectful and positive manner.

“Therapy was pretty cool, we actually got to talk because I had a lot of stuff on my chest I was keeping in cause I didn’t want to tell my parents. I got it all out which is pretty good.”

Raymond is one of the many teens we have helped to gain control of their life from addiction. To read more testimonials like Raymond’s check out our teen testimonials page.

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Teen shares her surprising before and after testimony of teen drug rehab

January 6, 2017

Inspirations teen drug rehab helps teens lost in the haze of substance abuse and defiant behavior find a healthy new life. We have treated many teens and help repair many families. We take teen addiction and mental health seriously and it is reflected in our renowned one-of-kind treatment program. Our unique outlook on teen treatment is what allows us to help a wide of range teens who suffer from drug abuse like Molly.

Meet Molly

Every now and then we are touched by a remarkable teen whose strive to sobriety really strikes a chord deep within just like Molly did. She came to treatment frustrated and tired of the life her drug abuse caused her to lead.

I was really tired of the lifestyle I was living. It was damaging my family and everyone that I love very much. I had really lost myself in the process of drug use. So I just really wanted to get my life back in check and start anew said, Molly.

However, her start to recovery would not be as easy as she had hoped. Similar to the many teens who enter treatment she realized recovery is a constant work in progress and there are no quick fixes or short cuts.

"I thought I was all fine and dandy and I even wrote this poem that was really like “Oh I'm so motivated to get better!” Then the cravings set in and you’re like wow this is a lot harder than I thought."

-Molly, on her adjusting to recovery at Inspirations teen drug rehab.

Molly enjoying a buffet of food on a sober outing.

The Inspirations Difference

Despite her cravings and other mental health issues through the help of her therapist and Inspirations staff, Molly has managed to make a splendid recovery! The change even extends into her physical appearance which can be seen in the photos above.

I’ve been through therapist after therapist since I was about eight years old but, this one just really called me out on my bull crap, didn’t sit there and feel sorry for me, and kind of showed me what is what says, Molly.

During treatment, she took the time to really self-reflect and rediscover the person she was and wants to continue being. Along the way she even discovered she has several natural talents which became positive coping skills.

"I’ve learned a lot of little things because I didn’t know myself coming in here. The biggest thing I learned about myself is that I have talents!"

"I haven’t drawn in years before I came here but I realized when I drew my very first picture that I was actually really good. Then I wrote a poem, the one I was talking about being so motivated, it was actually really good."

-Molly, sharing what she has learned during her time in treatment.

What is in the future for Molly?

The strides towards sobriety that Molly has taken will forever impact her future greatly. After leaving treatment Molly will attend a boarding school where she can focus on her academics. This also allows her to continue building a life for herself away from the negative influence of her local high school.

In order to graduate I’m doing what’s best for me and not going back to the high school, I was going to. After that, I’m going back to Alabama and going to college or a cosmetology school. We already have the college picked out says, Molly.

Molly has a brand new life ahead of her. Inspirations wishes her the best and hopes she continues to find success in her recovery and all that she does.

 

Read more inspirational stories like Molly's at teen testimonials.

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Teen shares how Inspirations brought forth his other talents through alternative therapy

October 24, 2016

Our Inspirations podcast hosted by Educational Director, Denise Achee and Inspirations’ Creative Expressions Coordinator, Donovan Ortega is back! This week they take a took at a teen who was told he fits into a certain mold or stereotype all his life. However, upon entering Inspirations treatment and alternative therapy Ben was able to discover he had other talents!

Ben’s experience with alternative therapy 

The drama therapy treatment program at Inspirations for Youth and Families has shown to increase self-confidence, provide personal fulfillment. In addition, it is also a great form of coping our teens can use even at home. Since its inception, Inspirations has seen more engagement from our teens during drama sessions.

Ben is 6’4 and has been told for a very long time he should invest his time and energy into honing his basketball skills. Never once has he ventured outside the comfort zone that is playing basketball.

After arriving he gave our drama program a shot. Almost immediately he was drawn to the calling that is production and theater. Along with his first project Demon Boy, Ben has written, directed and acted in two more drama therapy projects!

“I love basketball but I don’t know if I wanna be playing basketball the rest of my life. It’s really cool that I found something else I’m good at that I enjoy.” 

-Ben, on finding out he has other talents.

Don’t believe us? You can see his awesome work in our Demon Boy production video. Through our various forms of alternative therapy and treatment, Ben has made great recovery strides. They can be seen immediately through his attitude and body language. Along, with his new found love of production Ben also developed an interest in poetry.

I write poetry and actually Big Apple told me I’m really good at it and that was really cool hearing that from him. He said “You got talent kid, keep up with it.” So its really cool that I found something else I’m good at that I enjoy. 

-Ben, sharing how Big Apple encouraged him to continue seeking alternative therapy.

To hear more about Ben’s stay at Inspirations teen rehab, check out his full testimonial!

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Teen shares how coming to a teen opiate rehab changed his life

October 18, 2016
"I learned that I can win from losing."


Shawn is one of the many teens who fall to opiate addiction. Like many others, he began experimenting with drugs at a young age after it was prescribed to him. Up until he was admitted to Inspirations teen opiate rehab, Shawn was heavily abusing the drug Tramadol. In addition, to opiates, he was also abusing alcohol. This deadly combination cause his family and friends to notice a wild change in behavior in a normally well-behaved child.

“I was acting goofy in public. My parents, they talked to me about it like three weeks before at the end of June.”

– Shawn, former teen opiate rehab client.
Even with all the signs of him needing help Shawn was still in denial about his addiction. The power opiates had over him was extremely strong.

“There would be these random dudes that I would just go up to and say like “Hey what’s up!”.

-Shawn, explaining how drugs made him more confident.

Eventually, Shawn was able to realize he really was struggling and even tried to quit opiates himself.

“I knew I had a problem because I was feeling this weird emptiness in me (when he was not on drugs).”

– Shawn
Inspirations Opiate Treatment

Thankfully Inspirations was able to help him turn his life around for the better. Since his admission, Shawn has learned many things about himself. Through group therapy, he realized he is not alone and the emotions he was experiencing were ones all too common for the youth of today. Besides, group therapy Shawn actively participated in our music therapy.

From his time in music therapy, he learned a new coping skill he hopes to continue to evolve. Shawn was widely known by his fellow clients and even staff as “Father Shawn”. His wildly outrageous lyrics and word choice quickly became a favorite among the clients. While here Shawn was able to work on his addiction and learned many things about himself along the way. Our individualized program catered to Shawn’s needs really helped him come to terms with his addiction and forged a new lifestyle for him.

“While here I learned that I can win from losing.”

-Shawn

Shawn also went on to share that he and his family are so pleased with the program they would recommend it to any teen in need of addiction help. Even his roommate during treatment shared how his parents would be happy to recommend this to other families with teens struggling with addiction. Shawn’s stay was a pleasant one that left him happy and grateful. These were his last words to the staff that became like a second family.

“John you were one of my favorite techs besides O’Shane or Bob. You guys were encouraging and supportive. Also, I loved Adriana she helped my family to be good and in balance. I’m excited to go home because I feel like myself again! “

-Shawn’s final words to Inspirations staff 
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The Phases of Rehab

October 10, 2016

In this podcast hosted by Educational Director, Denise Achee and Inspirations' Creative Expressions Coordinator, Donovan Ortega we get an in depth yet comical perspective of a teen's journey through the rehabilitation process.

This concept was created by one of the teens, Kammi, who within her testimonial described her thought process each week in treatment. Although very funny this process serves as a true testament as many addicts who enter treatment feel this way.

Listen to The Phases of Rehab podcast here:

The Phases of Rehab

Phase I: Denial

This phase takes place your first week of treatment. During this time Kammi explains you are in denial about your drug abuse and the choices you made. She also states you will blame others rather than taking responsibility for your actions. At this point, you may also harbor anger to loved ones for sending you to treatment.

Phase II: Guilt

Once you have accepted that you do have a problem addicts often go into a guilt spiral. They begin to regret their choices or blame themselves for the outcome. Most addicts begin working on themselves at this stage in order to take responsibility for their actions.

Phase III: Impatience

By week three, some addicts become impatient and restless. They are eager to get back to their life, friends,and family. Kammi refers this as the "know-it-all" phase. Addicts at this stage feel since they are aware of their addiction that they can now control it. However, knowing you have a problem is not enough to resolve it.

Phase IV-IIX: Hard Work/Discharge

In addition, until teens have reached the discharge phases they usually go back and forth between the impatient and hard working phases. As each week passes by teens get more impatient to return home but, they also strive to work hard so they can actually do so. Once the date of discharge finally approaches according to Kammi you then realize all the time you spent and work you put into the program was actually worth it.

To hear more about Kammi’s stay at Inspirations teen rehab, check out her full testimonial!

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Teen shares how addiction treatment made him happy again

September 19, 2016

The Inspirations for Youth and Families (IYF) teen rehab treatment center has made a name for itself by saving teen's lives from addiction. Teens from all over the United States enter our drug addiction program with severe drug addiction and leave renewed and happy. We just interviewed a teen who received intensive cocaine addiction treatment. Mclane shares his experience while receiving teen cocaine addiction treatment and how he feels now.

Mclane’s teen cocaine addiction treatment story

What started as a harmless marijuana joint turned into blacking out from drinking by the 6th grade. By his sophomore year in high school Mclane was heavily abusing alcohol and cocaine. His addiction turned him from someone who strives to make others laugh and happy to an uncaring and cold person. Mclane's mother began to notice his extreme change in behavior when they went out to dinner one night.

"She noticed I wouldn't look at her then she just said I don't care what you're using but you are going to get help."

-McLane, a teen in our cocaine addiction program.

After his parents found Inspirations Mclane flew out to begin his recovery journey. He remembers on his way down feeling that if things have really come this far he must really have a problem. With that in mind he decided he was going to give treatment his all.

"I just thought I'm gonna make the best of it!" says Mclane.

Since his admission Mclane has made great strides in his recovery! He is a leader among our teens and is someone they often seek for advice or when they need cheering up. Our staff have been blown away way by his transformation. His first week was a bit hard but as he progressed he became one of our most supportive teens to date! Even Mclane has taken note of the change within himself!

“I realized here when I make other people happy it makes me happy.”

-Mclane, on how treatment has left him feeling.

As a teen who struggles with depression and alcoholism in his family Mclane has worked hard to turn his actions and thoughts around. He came angry and  left a brave and strong young man. Mclane swears by his treatment and that his parents decision to send him here was the best one they ever made. "I feel way happier. I am happy again" says Mclane.

Thoughts after teen addiction treatment

We asked Mclane about what he has learned while in treatment. He learned that depression runs through his family but also that is not an excuse to abuse drugs. Mclane now understands that using will always be a temporary fix to long term problem. While at Inspirations we have equipped him with more than enough tools to be able to successfully cope with his ongoing issues.

"You're depressed so you drink or snort coke but you wake up feeling 10 times worse than you did before."

-Mclane about what he has learned while in treatment

Everyone is truly proud of Mclane and his wonderful recovery. His presence will be sorely missed however, we wish him the best in his new life of sobriety.

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Youth in drug rehab shares his compelling goodbye letter to drugs Part 2

August 26, 2016

As a part of our latest drug rehab educational writing course our teachers got a little creative. In this assignment teens were to imagine their addiction as a person and write a goodbye letter ending their relationship. This exercise is a great opportunity for teens to be honest about the effects drugs and alcohol have on their life. By imagining the need to use as a friend or a figure constantly bringing you down it made it easier for teens to separate their mental need for drugs.

This opportunity also gave way for them to improve on their writing skills. Teens also benefit from self expression during lessons like these. We had our teens read among each other their letters of goodbye. As they went around sharing their letters our teens were able to see how addiction affects each person differently but always in a negative fashion.

Here is a letter from one of our most loved teens and how he said goodbye to drugs:

Dear drugs,

How are you? I have been doing amazing since I last saw you. I have also met a lot of new people since we last had our time. I also might have a new girl friend since you pushed away the last one. You made me lose my last girlfriend you also made my dad not trust me anymore. You also pushed away my family and friends. I can’t let you do this to me anymore,I have suffered long enough. I can’t get drunk by you anymore or get high. I won’t miss getting in trouble with you. I also won’t miss the destructive things we did. I won’t miss the feeling you gave me after either. I shouldn’t do drugs anymore cause they messed my life up when I was doing good. Bye drugs.

Sincerely,

Nicholas O.

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Youth in drug rehab shares his compelling goodbye letter to drugs Part 1

August 26, 2016

As a part of our latest drug rehab educational writing course our teachers got a little creative. In this assignment teens were to imagine their addiction as a person and write a goodbye letter ending their relationship. This exercise is a great opportunity for teens to be honest about the effects drugs and alcohol have on their life. By imagining the need to use as a friend or a figure constantly bringing you down it made it easier for teens to separate their mental need for drugs.

This opportunity also gave way for them to improve on their writing skills. Teens also benefit from self expression during lessons like these. We had our teens read among each other their letters of goodbye. As they went around sharing their letters our teens were able to see how addiction affects each person differently but always in a negative fashion.

Here is a letter from one of our most loved teens and how he said goodbye to drugs:

Dear drugs,

How are you? I have been doing amazing since I last saw you. I have also met a lot of new people since we last had our time. I also might have a new girl friend since you pushed away the last one. You made me lose my last girlfriend you also made my dad not trust me anymore. You also pushed away my family and friends. I can’t let you do this to me anymore,I have suffered long enough. I can’t get drunk by you anymore or get high. I won’t miss getting in trouble with you. I also won’t miss the destructive things we did. I won’t miss the feeling you gave me after either. I shouldn’t do drugs anymore cause they messed my life up when I was doing good. Bye drugs.

Sincerely,

Nicholas O.

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Former teen addict shares how drugs lead her to steal from mom

July 26, 2016

Often, when a teen is abusing drugs, they will resort to anything to get high like stealing money from their mom. This was the case of Alyssa who is well on her way to recovery now.

Inspirations for Youth and Families is known for taking its teen addict clients and returning them to their former self before drug addiction. Many teens enter our facility unaware that they have an addiction that is taking control of their lives. We work with the families to help their teen overcome their substance abuse disorder.

Similar to many of our teen addict clients Alyssa had no idea she was going to a drug rehab.

“I thought I was going on a vacation.”

-Alyssa S. on how she didn't know she was going to Inspirations

In the same fashion Alyssa was furious with her family for making her attend treatment but quickly realized she did have a problem.

“I was angry. Then probably like the third day I realized it was okay and I needed this.” said Alyssa.

This moment dawned on her when she realized that despite being in treatment she didn’t want to stop abusing drugs.

“I liked it (drugs) and didn’t want to stop. I would smoke weeddrink lean or take xanax.”

-Alyssa, former teen addict.

For those of you that don't know, lean is an over-the-counter drug in the form of cough medicine that some teens abuse.

Inspirations teen drug abuse treatment

While under the influence of drugs Alyssa who was once a straight A student on the verge of graduating early started lying, skipping school and stealing from her mother. This drastic change in her daughter prompted her mother to begin the search for addiction help.

Since her admittance Alyssa has made wonderful progress especially through our educational program! She has now completed the credits necessary to graduate and is currently applying for college.

“My mom sent me here because I was stealing money from her for drugs. I was kicked out of school and I regret it.”

-Alyssa

For now her goals for returning home are simple. She wants to get her eyebrows waxed and eat out with her family. Inspirations for Youth and Families commends Alyssa for all the hard work she has put forth in her recovery. We also hope she continues to have the same resolve and outlook when tackling everything in her life.

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Teen who suffered from prescription abuse shares beautiful poem

July 13, 2016

Poetry has been a very vital tool for many of our teens as they learn to cope with sobriety. Along with a range of other coping skills we teach our teens they are able to correctly deal with their problems in life. From music to art we instill our teens with healthy activities they can use to express and communicate their emotions through.

Sarah has never written poetry before treatment and is very grateful to have learned this skill.

“I used to hate poetry but I started liking it and I’m good at making them.” 
-Sarah P.

Listen to Sarah’s poem about her prescription abuse treatment and recovery here:

Sarah’s poem was written as a part of a series about her mother sending her to treatment. She wanted to convey to her mother how grateful she was about her making the decision to get her help. This poem is one of many that she poured her heart into describing how pivotal treatment was to her success.

Besides poetry Sarah has also developed a knack for writing raps. She admits to finding herself and all the things she’s good at during her stay at Inspirations.

“I didn’t think I needed this. I’ve grown so much and I really appreciate the time that I’ve spent here.” said Sarah.

Inspirations teaching coping skills

Coping skills are methods used to deal with overwhelming or stressful situations and emotions. They require practice to develop will in the long run help teens find healthy and peaceful alternatives to expressing their emotions. As a part of our therapeutic treatment we teach our teens how these very same activities can be used at home when they are feeling stressed. Our most popular coping skills are music, poetry, art and recreational activities. By engaging our teens in these skills every day we give them the practice they need for putting them to use at home.

Check out another one of our talented teen and her viral poem on recovery.

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