Many families reach out to Inspirations for Youth and Families to help in returning them to the child they have lost to drug or alcohol addiction. Through family sessions our primary therapists work together with teens and their family to rebuild the relationship destroyed by drug abuse.
One often overlooked piece of the recovery puzzle is the impact behavioral technicians have on the recovery of out teens suffering from drug or alcohol abuse as well as mental and behavioral conditions. This was the case for Alexis who made a great connection with our staff especially Inspirations behavioral tech Devonna.
“I really connected with Devonna about my higher spirit. She was someone I could go and talk to. She really motivates me. She really loves the girls and her job. I love how she’s very supportive and caring.”
– Alexis H.
Inspirations for Youth and Families mission is to not only help teens recover successfully from drug or alcohol addiction but to help them continue to lead a more successful and sober life when they complete the program.
“The staff are doing a good job. You can actually go up to staff and tell them about a situation or how you’re feeling about yourself and they’ll just listen. They’re not going to criticize you or put you down. They’re gonna be there. If you need to cry then you’ll have a shoulder to cry on. They’ll lift you back up.”
Family therapy is also a great way to get everyone involved in the recovery process. Along with relationship building exercises teens as well as their families are taught how to effectively communicate and how to properly help them remain sober at home. Although Alexis may have came to Inspirations unwillingly, she quickly adapted to the program and was able to see why her parents made the difficult decision to send her to get help.
“It actually took me a week to get adjusted here just talking to the girls, being in the rooms, having groups and stuff like that,” said Alexis.
Once adjusted Alexis really took to the program and was able to learn a lot about herself.
“I’ve noticed I don’t want to smoke weed anymore that I actually wanna get my life together and not end up in the wrong path. I learned a lot. I didn’t really get along with girls at home that well, but I’ve actually got close to some of them here,” added Alexis.
While here Alexis revealed her family relationship was also able to thrive and looks forward to going home and seeing her family again.
“What I liked the most was having family sessions. I have a better relationship with my dad now. He told me he was proud of me for getting help and that when I come home things are going to be different,” Alexis noted.
Listen to Alexis full story of recovery here:
Dania: Thank you for coming and thank you for volunteering. So I just really quick wanted to ask you to tell me about where you’re from?
Alexis: Hi, I’m Alexis and I’m from Arizona. I’m not from Florida. Where I’m from I live on a reservation and there’s no malls, no restaurants it’s just like a plain reservation. There’s gas stations and just stuff where you can buy groceries and stuff like that.
Dania: So it’s just like a small little town?
Dania: Okay so what brought you to Inspirations?
Alexis: What brought me to Inspirations was I got court ordered to come here. So it was because I got charged with public intoxication.
Dania: So I guess you’re here for alcohol predominately right?
Alexis: Yeah and weed and skipping school.
Dania: So I just want you to really quick tell about your time in treatment here.
Alexis: My time here was wonderful! Sitting here in rehab I have had a lot of groups and time to think about feelings. We all have made wrong choices that put us where we are, I have made choices that put me here. Being here I realized how badly my addiction was and how it caused me to act towards my parents.
Dania: Okay, overall you think you had a good experience?
Alexis: Yes, yes I did!
Dania: You learned a lot?
Alexis: Yeah I learned a lot. I didn’t really get along with girls that well but I’ve actually got close to some of them here.
Dania: Okay so back home you’re not really close with girls. (laughs) Neither was I growing up.
Alexis: Yeah (laughs).
Dania: What would you consider to be some of the memorable moments you’ve had here? How long have you been here?
Alexis: I’ve been here 46 days. Memorable moments I’ve had was going to the beach, going to the movies, spending time with the girls, having deep conversations with them and just having them around. It was really good because when I leave it’s going to be really hard. I really got close to some of them. I just want them to continue to do better things in their lives instead of doing drugs.
Dania: Okay, so you’re most memorable time was spending time with the girls and just doing normal teenage stuff.
Dania: Of all the things you did all the groups, all the different types of therapy what did you like the most?
Alexis: What I liked the most was having family sessions.
Dania: You liked those?
Alexis: Yeah I like those because I only get to talk to my parents like every Sunday and I have to wait a whole week to talk to them again because I’ve never been quite away from home this long. I think this is the longest I’ve been.
Dania: So you like that you still get to talk to your parents and keep up relations with the rest of your family?
Dania: This your first time in treatment right?
Alexis: Yes. This is my first being in treatment.
Dania: Did you know you were coming?
Alexis: No it was a surprise.
Dania: It was a surprise. They just said you were going to?
Alexis: They just said we were going to Florida. They didn’t tell me where I was going they just told me I was going to Florida, like a vacation. Then I came here.
Dania: Were you mad about that?
Alexis: I was pretty mad yeah. Like the first two days. After a while I just kind of had to get used to it because I knew I was gonna be here more than 45 days.
Dania: So how long do you think it took you to get used to it?
Alexis: Getting used to being here?
Alexis: It actually took me a week. A week to get adjusted here and talk to the girls, being in the rooms, having groups and stuff like that.
Dania: How was your family relationship before you came here?
Alexis: It was horrible. It was extremely horrible. I didn’t have a good relationship with my dad. My dad would constantly yell at me, tell me I’m not doing anything, or that I’m going to end up somewhere else if I continue what I was doing and all that. We just always went off on one another and he always put me down and everything. But my relationship was good with my mom because I could talk to her about everything with my dad and she’d just be there. I could just talk to her about stuff.
Dania: Okay so now that you’re here what’s it like? Is it better?
Alexis: It actually has gotten better. I actually have a better relationship with my dad now. I’ve noticed quite a few changes but people can’t change in like 3 days but I do notice a change when I do talk to him. He told me he was proud of me for getting help and that when I come home things are going to be different.
Dania: So you’re excited now? To see how things are going to be different.
Alexis: Yeah I’m so excited!
Dania: Within yourself do you see any like major changes you’ve had? Some people only see subtle changes. Do you think you’ve had an overall change or just needed a little help?
Alexis: I think I’ve noticed a change actually because before I got here I basically told myself I was gonna like smoke weed every day and what not. I’ve noticed I don’t want to smoke weed anymore that I actually wanna get my life together and not end up in the wrong path. Not ending up in jail, I’m glad I’m not in jail but I’ve actually noticed quite a change in my attitude too.
Dania: You feel you have a better outlook now?
Alexis: Yeah on my perspective.
Dania: So in like a year or two what are your plans?
Alexis: In a year or two plans would be to finish high school. I’m going to be a senior next year and I want to finish out my senior year strong. I going to go to school every day, get good grades and aim for getting a car like my parents told me. I’m also going to start applying for colleges and exploring different places. I’m going to study for becoming a nurse.
Dania: Oh cool! So do you know how to drive?
Alexis: Yeah, I don’t have a license yet but I think when I get home I’m going to start working on that too.
Dania: So if you had to say anything to anyone that has been exactly in your shoes before you got here what would you say? So say just as you’re about to leave tomorrow you see someone walking in and they had the same problems you did and you had the opportunity to stop and really quickly tell them something what would you say?
Alexis: I would just say not to run away because it’s not worth it and tell them to just take it day by day things will get better; you’ll notice a change in your life. Drugs are not worth it they are always going to be there. I would just tell them just to stay strong, keep their head up, that they can do it and that they can get something out of the program.
Dania: My last question now will be no pressure (laughs). If you had to say something to all the staff or any staff in particular who would you say something to?
Alexis: I would actually tell them they’re doing a good job. You can actually go up to staff and tell them about a situation or how you feeling about yourself and they’ll just listen. They’re not going to criticize you or put you down they’re gonna be there. If you need to cry then you’ll have a shoulder to cry on. They’ll lift you back up and I really connected with Devonna about my higher spirit. She was someone I could go and talk to. She really motivates me. She really loves the girls and her job. I love how she’s very supportive and caring.
Dania: So yay Devonna!
Alexis: (Laughs) Yeah!
Dania: Anything else you want to add?
Alexis: I’m really excited to go home tomorrow! Things are going to be different going forward or at least how it was before I left. I’m excited to see my family, excited to build a better relationship with them and be a better older sister to my younger siblings.
Dania: How many siblings do you have?
Dania: You’re ready to take charge and lead?
Dania: That’s good! Well thank you for letting me interview you.
Alexis: Thank you!