Is Gratitude Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice in Recovery?


With the increasing evidence that gratitude heals in recovery, it may not be long before practicing gratitude is considered an evidence-based practice. Until then, encouraging teens in recovery to practice gratitude can help sustain abstinence. How can you get teen […]

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The Significance of Teaching Teens Empathy and Compassion in Recovery


With increasingly less human interaction due to more screen time and increased social distance, empathy and compassion are at an increased deficit among teens. This is particularly true of teens with substance use and mental health disorders. The benefits of […]

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The Science Behind Small Acts of Kindness and Human Connection


Kindness, even the simplest acts of kindness, creates a chain reaction in the brains of both the giver and the receiver. Teaching teens in recovery about kindness creates powerful chain reactions of human connection. Helping them learn to both give […]

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Prioritizing Your Teen’s Recovery During the Holidays


The holiday season is often a time to spend with extended family making memories. Spending time with extended family can also be a negative experience for some. For a teen in recovery, the holidays can be particularly triggering. Finding a […]

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Why Extended Family Gatherings Can Be Harmful in Recovery


Television commercials and movies teach us that family gatherings are warm, laughter-filled experiences filled with joy. In reality, that is rare, particularly in families where there may be addiction and mental health diagnoses. For a teen in early recovery, extended […]

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The Challenges of an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis


There are many preconceived notions about what autism looks like, but an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can actually range from the mildest impairment to more severe limitations for adolescents. Working with teens with ASD can be both rewarding and challenging. […]

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Strategies for Adolescents With Sensory Processing Disorder


The adolescent years are difficult enough for the typical teen, but for those with a sensory processing disorder (SPD), they can be literally overwhelming. Learning strategies to address issues like auditory flooding, mono-channel processing, and synesthesia can greatly help your […]

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The Benefits of Not Worrying About Your Child’s Anxiety


Parents sometimes claim that worrying about their child is in their job description. Even as a child gets older, they continue to worry, sometimes excessively. When parents verbalize their worries about their teen’s anxiety or otherwise make their concerns known, […]

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Helping Your Teen Manage Their Anxiety Effectively


Anxiety among adolescents is more common than ever before. Helping your teen manage their anxiety effectively can be like walking a tightrope. Finding the line between being truly supportive and leaving your teen feeling neglected or contributing to their anxiety […]

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Working With Teens With a Highly Sensitive Person Diagnosis


Among diagnoses often overlooked and misunderstood is one named to describe precisely what it is—the highly sensitive person (HSP). The HSP teen often needs additional support due to their greater response to stress and tendency to be overstimulated. They are […]

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Sustain Recovery changed my life in a way I never considered remotely possible. I arrived in a place where I knew nobody. Sustain Recovery gave me tools so that I never had to be alone again. I learned how to live like an adult and have genuine relationships with other human beings. I gained a sense of self respect, love, and pride from the challenges I was given by staff. I was able to work through the recent loss of my father and I achieved my goal of not taking any psychiatric medication.
I learned that life is an endless balancing act. I have to continually work on myself and my relationships with the people in my life. The staff at Sustain Recovery are all incredibly experienced and spiritual. They were available to me whether I wanted their help or not. Through their efforts and experience, I experienced the inner workings of having an intimate, loving relationship with a loving creator.
Sustain Recovery is “home” for me. I discovered a loving, caring family that helped launch me to a place I would have never dreamed and, if I would have dreamed it, I would never have believed I would be able to accomplish it.

K.C.
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