At Inspirations for Youth and Families, we’re excited to celebrate Thanksgiving Day this Thursday! Besides eating all the turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing I can handle, I’ve also been thinking about what I am thankful for this year. Every single day, we’re all thankful for the amazing teenagers that have come to Inspirations to heal. Drug addiction isn’t pretty, it isn’t fun. Many of these wonderful teens have suffered abuse at the hands of loved ones. They’ve been bullied by “friends” at school. They have felt lonely, depressed, and afraid. They have felt like they had no where else to turn. At Inspirations for Youth and Families, we are truly able to help these kids. They catch up on missed school work. They make new friends with others with whom they can relate. They have fun, without using any drugs or alcohol. I am grateful I was given the opportunity to meet all of these teenagers who have shown all of us what it means to have strength and to be brave. A few of the teenagers decided to share what they were thankful for this year. These are their answers:


I ask myself what I am thankful for every morning when I wake up. I’m thankful for my family and that I get to see another day. I’m thankful for waking up to seeing God’s green beautiful earth, having another breath of life, and being able to speak another day. When I’m thinking about what I am thankful for, I see my mother, grandmother, little brother, etc. Just having family that is your own for another day of this beautiful thing called a life. When being thankful for all of the blessings and wonderful things I have, I just can’t stop thanking the Lord for everything that he has done and will do for me. Being thankful is just one way I can say “life is great.” Most of all being thankful is how you show it and you don’t take anything for granted. I thank the Lord My God and want to show him in plenty of ways. I’m thankful for being thankful.


“I am truly thankful for my family who through thick and thin forgave me and stood by my side. I am also thankful for my true friends who have had by back in my time of need.”



“I am thankful for still being alive. The fact that I am not dead is a miracle in itself. I tried to kill myself twice in one summer and the fact that I failed both times proves that I was protected. I took my life for granted for so long. I always wondered why I was alive and so many others were not. I didn’t think I had a reason to live, I thought my life was a mistake, but now I realize it was not a mistake. I was put here for a greater purpose. I am so thankful to be able to live. I was given a second chance to live and that is something not many people get. That is what I am thankful for.”



I am very thankful for my mother and father. I am grateful for all the lessons I’ve learned throughout my life and having such a wonderful loving family. —Shelby

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My name is Vivian Martorell. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I have been serving persons with different mental health and substance abuse problems for over ten years. My objective is to empower my clients to achieve their life goals and to live better lives. I believe each individual has the power to change and feel happy with themselves and their lives no matter what circumstance they may be experiencing. I am very thankful for the opportunity of working with Inspirations for Youth and Families to continue to dedicate my efforts to helping others.



My name is Sean Kweskin, Assistant Clinical Director of Inspirations for Youth & Families. I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and have been working in the field of mental health for over 15 years. I have been a part of the Inspirations family for over 2 1/2 years and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of a great team and saving the lives of our youths. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our past and appreciate what we have presently as well as to be thankful for those special people in our life that have had an impact on us in a positive way. It is my goal as one of the leaders of Inspirations to get our youths back to their lives with their families-healthy, happy and sober.



We all have something to be grateful for this year. Whether it’s love, health, friends, or family, remember to give thanks every day of the year. Happy Thanksgiving Day from the Inspirations family.