Why Teens Should Share Their Experiences with Substance Abuse
Never forgetBy keeping the memory of your substance use alive, your past becomes an asset to remember what you were like under the influence. Even if you were a daily blackout and pass out substance abuser, you may not remember the exact circumstances of your actions, but you will remember the inner turmoil you felt. You never have to feel that way again if you so choose.
Share in a general wayDiscuss the cliff notes of your story to someone who may need some hope in their recovery. The beauty of sharing the trials and tribulations that relate to your substance use and then how you got sober could be the very seed that is planted to encourage someone else to get the ball rolling in their recovery. When you are able to share the truth of what you went through, you are able to be of service in a way that you may not have even fathomed - with humiliating incidents turning into humility.
Be a guiding forceAlthough your story may feel negative to share with others, you are really giving out a positive vibe in what it was like and what it is like now. Recovery is not always an easy path to go down, but the optimism that you can give out with your story and how you are recovering from substance abuse can give someone else the hope they need to get and stay sober.
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center leads the way with progressive, evidence-based programming to most effectively treat each individual adolescent. Healing the mind, the body, and the spirit as one in the same can make the biggest difference in staying sober.
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