Drug and Alcohol Recovery Stories from Teens and Young Adults

In our no-cost drug abuse support groups for teens and young adults, many young people have found long-term sobriety and a better way of life.

Dealing with a substance use disorder is hard work, but these young people have managed to stay sober and find a better way to live in recovery! Below are some of their recovery stories.

Full Circle Testimonial - A Journey to Recovery (Zachary)

Full Circle Testimonial - A Journey to Recovery (Tessa)

Full Circle Testimonial - A Journey to Recovery (Cody)

The scourge of drug use continues to spread inexorably, fed by a deplorable commerce which transcends national and continental borders. As a result, the lives of more and more young people and adolescents are in danger. Faced with this reality, I can only manifest my grief and concern.

Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise. To think that harm can be reduced by permitting drug addicts to use narcotics in no way resolves the problem. Attempts, however limited, to legalize so-called “recreational drugs”, are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects. Substitute drugs are not an adequate therapy but rather a veiled means of surrendering to the phenomenon. Here I would reaffirm what I have stated on another occasion: No to every type of drug use. It is as simple as that. No to any kind of drug use (cf. General Audience, 7 May 2014). But to say this “no”, one has to say “yes” to life, “yes” to love, “yes” to others, “yes” to education, “yes” to greater job opportunities. If we say “yes” to all these things, there will be no room for illicit drugs, for alcohol abuse, for other forms of addiction.