If you have found your way here to my small section of the ocean shore, you and I have something in common. We’ve both felt that hollow, helpless feeling deep in our gut while anxiously picking at our nails at the kitchen table, waiting for our baby to come home. We’ve both felt the strangling dread that comes along with those first sneaking suspicions. Is he on drugs?
When you first find the proof, it can be paralyzing. Why did this happen? What did I do wrong? What do I do now? Addiction is a disease, and it does not discriminate; it latches onto people from all walks of life. The reason why it has decided to afflict your son or daughter is something that we strive to get to the bottom of here at Ocean’s Medical Centers. It is a little different for everyone, but uncovering that truth is the best way to open up a patient to long-term healing. For many, a mental health disorder is lurking somewhere at the root. That’s why we do things a bit differently at Ocean’s. We can admit patients solely for mental health reasons, and we have a whole department dedicated to mental health recovery. It isn’t just an afterthought at our center. It isn’t an add-on. So, if a mental health disorder is the key factor behind your child’s addiction, we can provide more than a Band-Aid fix.
While I can’t give you a concrete answer right now about why your child has chosen to turn to drugs, I can tell you that you did nothing wrong. Your child’s addiction is not about you. It is your child’s decisions and internal struggles that brought it about, not yours. The best way you can help is to stop blaming yourself and start taking action.
You’re stronger than you think. Yes, it will be a long, hard journey. You will endure more sadness and fear. But you’re fighting for your baby, and that means you’re going to fight with everything you have in you. All the tears, all the self-doubt, and all the hard work are worth it when you see the light come back into your child’s eyes, when you see him working toward his goals and dreams again.
My Experience With Addiction
My son, Adam, became addicted to drugs in his very early teens. One of the root causes, we found out later, was his bipolar manic disorder, which had been misdiagnosed as ADHD. By the time I realized exactly what was happening, he was deep in addiction, and no matter how I tugged, it seemed I’d never pull him out of that hole. But I did not give up. Not even when I got the news that he was in jail for possession and intent to distribute. That was one of the worst phone calls of my life, some of the worst pain I have ever felt as a mother … but something good came out of it. Adam was no longer able to use drugs. There in jail, in that cold cell, the fog began to lift. He realized that he needed help. He finally realized that when I’d forced him to pee in a cup in front of me, when I’d begged him—tears running down my cheeks—to quit lying to me, when I’d tried to convince him to go to rehab, I was trying to save him. When he was released, we got to work. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t an overnight fix. But I got my son back, and I’m here to tell you that you can get your child back, too.
Now, instead of tears of pain, I cry tears of joy when I think of my son. I am so proud of him for all he has done in his eight years of sobriety and all that he continues to do. He has decided to turn his past curse into a gift. He works as a consultant and intervention specialist, reaching out to kids who are in the same position he once was. He helps out here at Ocean’s from time to time in a consulting capacity, helping us better connect to patients on a unique and intimate level thanks to his personal experience. He has recently completed a book on addiction that is designed to lead parents like you step-by-step through the process of addiction recovery, from finding out for certain if your child is using drugs, all the way through to aftercare and long-term sobriety. I couldn’t be prouder of how he has channeled his boundless energy into something that will help others. In many ways, he inspired me to do the same with Ocean’s Medical Centers.
I feel so blessed that my partner and I are now able to give back to other parents who have been exactly where I once was. We want to provide you and your child with hope and healing. I have come full circle as a parent of a child suffering from drug addiction and mental health issues.
What I thought was impossible now seems possible, and I want you to feel the same way. Whether it’s mental health or addiction or both afflicting your child, we are here to help by providing your son or daughter with safe, clean, monitored housing and expert care in beautiful Boynton Beach, Florida.
You can read more about our methods and facility here, but right now I want to leave you with this idea: if I can do it, so can you. I survived the pain. I survived the heartache. I gave my all to help my son, and now he’s thriving. But it wasn’t an overnight miracle, and we didn’t do it on our own. We sought the help of addiction specialists, medical professionals, and expertly trained therapists just like those ready to help your child at Ocean’s.
Yes, your child is relying on you to help them see the light and seek out treatment, but the moment you choose Ocean’s, you are not alone.
To your health,