Discovering that a problem with teen substance use exists in your family can be devastating for everyone involved. Here’s how to help your teen and cope as a family. Teen substance use is a larger problem than many parents realize.…
I was 18 years old and headed to Penn State. I had been accepted early decision to the Smeal College of Business and the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program. The world was in front of me but I couldn’t see it. My vision was masked by a cloud of marijuana smoke. My primary focus was on getting drunk, high, and living a party lifestyle. Instead of channeling all of my efforts into academics or other positive things in life, I channeled them into getting as high as possible as much as possible.
Why am I going to Unite to Face Addiction on October 4th in Washington, DC? I’m going because nobody should have to choose between recovery and a college degree. I’m going because I don’t want to see another drug-related death from one of my friends, neighbors, or classmates. Most importantly, I’m going because it’s my obligation to give back the gift of recovery; and I won’t be silent anymore.
I was born in Palo Alto, CA before moving 3,000 miles east to Wilmington, DE. I grew up with a supportive family, great education, and a loyal group of friends. I was always a troublemaker and attempted to be the tough guy, but was broken down in 8th grade when I was faced with expulsion and my parents’ divorce in the same week.
Moving to a new school and new home for the first time in 10 years, I felt alone. I wasn’t the star athlete or class clown anymore. In a room full of people, I felt like the only one there. I fantasized about suicide and knew it was the best option. I drove at high speeds around my hometown in Delaware without a seatbelt, hoping death would happen on its own. I could never look in the mirror, and damn well couldn’t look in the eyes of any of my family members.
Life of Purpose was created as part of the implementation of a macro level social work intervention to address the systemic needs of young people receiving treatment for substance use disorders (SUD) in a modern environment. By providing a research driven solution through integration with higher education, we are implementing alternative solutions and goals in the field of alcohol and/or other drug (AOD) treatment. Drawing from social work theory and lived experience, the Life of Purpose model treats young adults with substance use disorders from a problem solving approach. Evaluation of the normative treatment episode would suggest that the industry is not providing effective solutions for the decreasing age of onset and timing in AOD treatment. A treatment methodology where young adults concurrently receive clinical services and educational support produces a service unique and arguably superior to the more generalized and generic treatment models that currently dominate the industry.
Life of Purpose Treatment is excited to announce that they will be the Platinum event underwriter for the 2015 North Texas Recovery Conference.
The North Texas Recovery Conference is a national three-day event that brings together students in recovery, future professionals, current professionals and industry leaders at the University of North Texas. Held in conjunction with National Recovery Month, the 3rd annual North Texas Recovery Conference runs from September 23rd – 25th, 2015. This year’s events plan to educate local students and communities, retain and recruit behavioral health professionals, and reduce stigma in the community, utilizing the 2015 conference theme: “New Paradigms in Recovery”.
When I was 19 I had my first look at recovery. As recommended by the Penn State office of student conduct, I met with the Program Coordinator of the Collegiate Recovery Community in University Park, Jason Whitney. He talked about his recovery and how he got sober when he was 19 at the University of Colorado. I related to him, but decided that I wasn’t ready to give up drugs and alcohol.