The Value of Delayed Gratification

“Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.” -Bruce Lee, Chinese-American Martial Artist, Actor, and Director Delayed gratification can teach kids the value of setting long-term goals. When kids need to wait for things they want, they can increase their “frustration tolerance.” With a high threshold for tolerating frustration, kids can regulate […]


The Valuable Wisdom of the Lived Experience

“The years teach much which the days never know.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer, and philosopher “Lived experience” can provide valuable lessons to those in early recovery. Alumni and families of kids who have gone through treatment can continue to impart their wisdom upon those new to recovery. When we are in the thick of […]


The Value and Importance of Choices With Consequences

As parents, our job is to teach our kids to become successful and healthy adults. Our kids might feel that responsible and healthy choices are too restrictive. They might feel we are taking their freedoms away. We can teach our children that choices have consequences, leading to more or fewer freedoms, depending on the choice. […]


Family Pets: A Comfort to Those Who Are Struggling

Pets and animals can help those who are struggling with addiction in their recovery. Pet and animal-assisted therapy can be beneficial for those with self-esteem, trauma, or attachment issues. Family pets can teach kids to be responsible and caring. They can also help kids get out for exercise and build a routine around pet care. […]

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The Value of Building a Tribe and Social Network

Recovery from addiction and other problematic behaviors can be a pathway for our kids to foster more significant connections with others and with their lives as a whole. Our kids might need to build up their “Bear Tribe” and social networks for continued success in recovery. Addiction, cutting, promiscuity, and other behaviors might have been […]