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Anaheim, CA 92807
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Welcome to The CAAR
A place where you can
Recover & Rediscover!
John was born on July 25, 1992. He grew up on Orange County, CA, had two loving parents and two loving brothers. He was an active and happy little kid. He became a cub scout and later a boy scout; he studied Tae Kwon Do and achieved a Black Belt. He loved science and was a Gate student in elementary school. When he became an adolescent however, everything changed. He started having extreme mood swings which included severe depressive episodes. He was introduced to Marijuana at age 13 which really was a "Gate" drug; at least for him, as he started experimenting with hard drugs and developed an addiction to Heroin. His parents never used drugs so didn't understand all the signs and when they did start to realize there was a problem, especially after John was arrested for possession, they minimized and made excuses for him; not accepting the reality that their son, the same son who had dreamed of being a Sugeon was now an addict. During this time, John tried to get clean unsuccessfully and attempted to take his own life. After being hospitalized he was sent to an out of state therapeutic school. John was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and was stabilized on medication. He finished high school and came home. He seemed to be doing well, he started college, met a girl and feel in love. He relapsed and his world came crashing down. Drug counselors were afraid to work with him because of his mood disorder and history of suicide attempts and deserted him and his psychiatrist ignored John's repeated requests to be put back on the mood stabilizer he had been on, perhaps dismissing John as a drug addict. Feeling hopeless and severely depressed, John wrote a suicide note to his family apologizing for being a burden on everyone (which he was not) and that they would be better off without him.
John took his own life on December 5, 2010
Addiction can happen over a period of time or relatively quickly, depending on the drug. Contrary to urban myths, smoking substances such as Heroin, is as powerful and rapidly addictive as is injecting it. Addiction can't be "cured" or go away on it's own. Once addicted, treatment usually consists of a period of detox which usually occurs in an inpatient setting. Most people will relapse and need to go into rehab multiple times before they are ready and able to get clean: Too many give up along the way.
Many families share similar stories to John's and may not fully understand the powerful grip substances have on people once they are addicted. If you haven't suffered from addiction you may not realize that someone cannot get clean on their own; but they can't. It is not a matter of being a "bad" kid, not having loving parents, or having enough willpower to get clean. Addiction is a powerful and progressive disease; it doesn't just go away.
Once your teen is addicted they probably will need to go into an inpatient facility for a minimum of 30 days (preferably 90) and then attend aftercare outpatient treatment. Such a program should include at a minimum: Individual sessions with a licensed therapist, counseling with a certified substance abuse counselor, group therapy sessions, peer support groups and finding a supportive 12-step recovery group
We miss you John: You are 4ever in our hearts
The CAAR was founded in John's memory and is committed to helping young people
like John, whose lives have become chaotic and out of control.
We are a non-profit outpatient treatment center.
We are dedicated to helping
adolescents and young adults
with mental health & addictive disorders
learn how to feel better without drugs.
Co-occurring disorders develop when a person who is experiencing emotional pain tries to feel better by using substances to self-medicate.
Treatment for co-occurring disorders involves treating
mental and addictive disorders at the same time.
CAAR strives to increase community understanding and involvement to reduce
the Stigma attached to addiction and mental illness
and to encourage adolescents, young adults and their families
to seek help rather than feel undeserved shame and to suffer in isolation.
*NA Meetings are open to the public and while are held in our group room, they are not affliated with The CAAR