My son was 16 years old when he entered the Insight Program after a 32 day stay at an inpatient residential facility. We had been on a 3 year, downhill spiral, that began with smoking marijuanna. In the beginning, I did not know if his behavior was “typical teenage rebellion” or something more serious. Boy, was it more serious than I could have imagined! Unbeknownst to me, prior to being admitted to the inpatient facility, he had progressed to smoking pot every single day, experimenting with cocaine, xanax, heroin and triple-c’s. He had been suspended from school for smoking pot before class and subsequently expelled. His driver’s license was suspended. I had been such an involved and “aware” parent and couldn’t believe this was happening. Our family unit, which includes a step-father and two younger brothers, had disentregrated before my very eyes. Although we’d been in counseling for years, nothing seemed to help. ,,As we were preparing for him to be released from inpatient, we had to make arrangements for family counseling, group therapy and individual counseling. I struggled to find a one-stop shop that could accomodate all of our needs. Then I stumbled upon Insight, called and talked with Matt about how unmanageable our lives had become. After our initial conversation, I knew Insight could offer us exactly what we needed. The day after my son was released, he attended his first Saturday night function with Insight. Of course, leaving my 16 year old with people that I didn’t know went completely against every way I’d tried to parent in the past. I figured what I’d done up until that point had not worked, so I reluctantly gave in and let him stay and allowed a stranger to bring him home later that night. My son returned home after midnight, sat down in a chair, and smiled. It was the first genuine smile I’d seen in years. He explained that he had never felt so much love and acceptance before, and was astounded at the fact that it had come from complete strangers! ,,We have now been with the Insight Program for almost a year. While we’ve certainly hit some bumps along the way, my son picked up his one year chip from AA last week. I have been participating in the weekly parent meeting and it has truly given me a new perspective, attitude and resolve. Insight has given us all hope — hope for a future free of mind altering chemicals, free of fear, free to accept our son, disease and all, for the wonderful young man he is becoming. ,,If you know someone who is struggling with addiction issues, please call Insight. It may go against every aspect of your prior parenting techniques, but it works if you let it. I truly believe that my son would not have stayed sober had we not found Insight. I do not know what tomorrow holds, but I know that both he and I hold the tools we need to get through anything.