Our daughter's journey started when she was 15 years old. Her behavior seemed to change overnight and we were at a loss of what to do after therapists and doctors were unable to help. We sent her to Wilderness camp in hopes that would get her away from the fray and reset her expectations and attitude. What we found out is that she was addicted to Adderall and was taking nearly lethal doses. That was just the beginning. Finding effective dual diagnosis care was incredibly challenging and we have been riding this roller coaster for over 7 years. The lack of understanding around addiction and the almost impossibility of finding solid treatment centers has taken a massive toll on our family and our daughter who progressed to use more and more drugs. Finally this past year after consulting with my therapist and massive amounts of research we found a facility that is addressing her mental and emotional issues that contribute to the addiction and she has been clean and sober for over 4 months. We have hope but know this will be a lifelong struggle for her. I do often wonder that if I didn't have the resources and support that I have, would we have been able to get her the treatment she so desperately needed. My hope is that there will be a system that will much more easily allow folks to find and get the treatment they need.
Don't give up. There are professionals and programs that can help. But we have to make these things easier for people to find and access.