How I Knew My Daughter Was Using Substances and in a Mental Health Crisis
It was like a light switch — I asked myself, “Where did my daughter go?” I found out it was both substance use and mental health issues at the same time.
"We can’t choose when and where life happens and I didn’t 'choose' my way into PTSD, depression and SUD. What sane person would?"
I didn’t suddenly “hit rock bottom where I found the willingness and desire to change.” I was continually engaged into recovery and kept from the only real bottom there is — the one from which we don’t come back. Why are people encouraged to “hit bottom” before they really qualify for recovery? We’re told it’s a must. It’s a lie. Why do we spend so much time focusing on bottoms instead of what got people to ask for help and to whom they felt safe enough to go?
I knew safe people, asked for help and had accessible resources. That’s what got me into recovery. Sobriety is just one manifestation of that recovery, and fortunately one of many. Although a major piece, and not to take anything away from those that focus solely on sobriety, if my recovery was just about staying sober, I’d be long bored with it by now. Recovery is so much more. It’s the dare to dream and the inspiration to take action. I found the power of possibility, feel purpose and can foresee a future.
My name is Andrew Kiezulas and I am a person in long-term recovery. What that means for me, first and foremost, is that mom has her son back. Our family is healing and where you find recovering people you have recovering communities. My peers have a friend, someone that listens and laughs and shares. Our community has an invested member, an active volunteer and passionate advocate. I’ve been challenged to dream and equipped to meet myself there. I’ve found a community and plugged into hope. The best part of it all? Inspired by those inspired, I am but one of tens of millions of incredible recovery stories. Now let’s find yours.
As Andrew points out, recovery is a process. Download your copy of the Continuing Care eBook to help guide your child through his or her recovery.