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Short Story on teens at a recovery school

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Our kids in high school are now becoming addicted to hard drugs sooner as a result of the availability of prescription medications.

Some states have recovery high schools. Fortunately, Richmond Virginia has one, too. This story sent to me by a mom who wanted to share a story of the young men who are holding onto each other, literally, for dear life. All of them suffer from addiction as well as another mental illness such as depression. 

Yesterday, I was driving David and two other boys home from Recovery High School to my house. We passed a dead dog on Main Street. One of the boys, Billy, started to cry. At first he was embarrassed and then David and Andrew, the other boy, told him they loved him and to let it out. That it’s OK to cry when you’re sad.

This young man, 16, sobbed over that dog, and was so sad about what happened to that poor animal. Then he thanked David and Andrew for being his bros and for just loving and accepting him. And letting him cry without shame.

It was a moment for me that gave me utter goosebumps. They are so raw and honest and real with each other. The young boy that cried has a year of sobriety and he was into hard drugs and refuses to go back to regular high school.

He told me he will stay there at the recovery high school because every kid in there understands his demons both mentally and as a drug user.

Heroin writes me a letter back

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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