Danielle, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, speaks on her experiences of using at a young age and becoming sober as a teenager.
How It All Started?
Danielle, at the age of 15, started hanging out with a group of friends who would drink outside of school. Within six months, Danielle describes how she was anorexic, drinking every day and taking diet pills. Eventually, Danielle went to an independent study school, which enabled her to have more unstructured time to drink and use. Danielle describes her bottom as when she was using crystal meth.
How Did Her Parents Deal With Her Addiction?
Danielle’s parents got pushed away by her addiction; she got frustrated by their company, eventually leading to situations with her mom crying and her dad sleeping in his car, refusing to enter the house. They did this in order not to enable her addiction; they thought they were doing their best. But in reality, they were quite devastated and didn’t know what to do because she was their only child.
What Made Her Want To Become Sober?
At the age of 16, Danielle states she was emotionally finished with using although not yet sober. She felt like she was losing herself and got very depressed about it. Danielle then went to a boarding school that dealt with students with addiction and mental disorders. At this time, she began attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings solely for the benefit of her parents.
Later she began to want change in herself and became sober through the use of these meetings. Now Danielle has a stronger relationship with her mother, who is active in Al-anon and recovery, and her Dad, who supports her to finish education and succeed in life.
What Keep Her Sober?
Danielle said that she had been attending al-anon meetings thrice a week to stay on the right path. There, she felt valued and surrounded by like-minded people, which really helped her to be honest about her condition and stay sober.
She suggested teens suffering from addiction, try attending al-anon meetings and try to relate to the problem of people. And for parents of addicted children, she added that they must try not to control or shut their children, rather they should go to a therapist or expert for guidance.