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What happens to your bright-eyed, passionate child when drugs or alcohol become part of the equation? How can you gauge how your children are really doing and make happy memories this holiday season? Michael interviews Bryan Fikes to answer these questions. Bryan is the co-founder and CEO of Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, a unique and personalized adolescent dual-diagnosis treatment program based in Oxford, Mississippi. Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy, purpose-focused programming, private school and a host of evidence based clinical approaches, Stonewater helps young men ages 12 to 18 struggling with substance use and mental health disorders identify their gifts, reconnect them with goals, address trauma and achieve new purpose. Bryan’s passion for helping other young men identify their substance use problems stems from his own recovery. At 16, Bryan began his own journey to recovery and experienced firsthand the challenges adolescents and their families face on this path.

Listeners can check out the Stonewater Recovery website to learn more: You can also follow Stonewater Recovery @Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.


[3:18] Bryan shares his story of recovery and hope.

[3:55] Your life is not over when you go to treatment. This is your, or your child’s, moment to get back on track.

[5:19] A high-performing child can still be susceptible to substance abuse.

[7:45] You might think, “It’s not my kid.” Here are things to pay attention to, especially as families get together around the holidays.

[10:51] Undeniable red flags: isolation and losing interest in their favorite activities.

[16:45] How parents’ relationships and expectations of their children can blind them to substance abuse issues.

[20:20] What about adolescents and marijuana (pot)?

[21:20] Keeping your kids safe instead of trying to control them.

[30:15] How to talk to your children about substance use.

About the Author

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh currently serves as Director of Clinical Outreach for Landmark Recovery. Michael is a Certified Intervention Professional, holds a Master’s degree in counseling and works as a consultant and coach. With more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field, Michael has worked extensively with individuals and families and licensed professionals affected by complex issues. He is a current board member of the C4 Recovery Foundation and the past president and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Michael has been an advocate for patient and families’ rights, has developed recovery programs at various levels of care, and influenced policy at national and international levels. He also is a sought-after speaker regarding behavioral health issues, treatment and recovery issues, and he advocates for change in the current systems of behavioral health, addiction, and mental health for individuals and families.

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