Supporting Youth Recovery: A Shared Journey Towards Healing and Hope

At Henry J. Austin Health Center (HJAHC), we know that recovery isn’t something you do on your own; it’s a journey we take together toward healing and hope. This week, we want to talk about how important families and caregivers are in helping young people with their recovery.

As parents or guardians, it’s crucial to recognize the subtle signs and signals that may indicate a young person is grappling with addiction or on the road to recovery. These challenges are complex and can manifest in various ways, from academic struggles to emotional turbulence.

  • Academic Indicators
    • Sudden drops in grades
    • Unexplained absences
    • Loss of interest in activities
  • Emotional Rollercoaster
    • Extreme mood swings
    • Prolonged periods of sadness
    • Heightened anxiety
  • Change in Social Circles
    • Change in friend group
    • Exhibiting risky behaviors
    • Staying out late
  • Physical Changes
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Bloodshot eyes
    • Change in personal hygiene
  • Decline in Communication
    • Secretive behavior
    • Avoiding eye contact
    • Avoiding conversations about life or feelings

At HJAHC, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to support your young, loved ones during their recovery journey. Together, we can create a foundation of awareness and empathy during Recovery Awareness Month and beyond.

Recovery Is a Team Effort

Recovery doesn’t just involve the person facing challenges; it involves everyone who cares about them. So, if you’re a student trying to balance school and recovery, it’s crucial to stay connected with people who support and care about you. It’s also okay to ask for help when you need it. Consider speaking with someone you trust, whether that’s a family member, a teacher, a guidance counselor, a coach, or someone else in your life.

Understanding the Challenges

We recognize that families and caregivers have their own set of challenges when they’re helping a loved one with mental health or substance use. Don’t hesitate to seek therapy or counseling for yourself. A professional can help you navigate your feelings and develop healthy coping strategies. The path to recovery can be complicated, but when we work together, we can provide the support needed for better days ahead.

Taking the Next Step

If you or someone you care about is ready to take steps toward recovery, our behavioral health services at HJAHC are here to help. Our team is experienced in providing guidance, therapy, and resources tailored to young people facing these challenges. Reach out to us to learn more about how we can help.

In Times of Crisis

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call or text 988 to speak with a trained crisis counselor at any time.

We believe in the strength of working together. Together, we can light the way to recovery and healing for our young people.

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