In the United States, there are approximately 23.5 million people in long-term recovery. They have decided that the negative consequences and the lifestyle that accompanies being an addict are no longer worth the high they get from their drug of choice. 

If you have a child in recovery it is important that you try to remain positive and optimistic. People in recovery do not benefit from negative behavior or negative surroundings. Just as addiction has an impact on the entire family, the support and love of an entire family can help dispel addiction. A cross-pollination of faith and support will give the child their best chance at sustaining a positive change for the rest of their life.

Get Support For Yourself Too

There are many support groups available for the parents of child addicts. In these support groups, you will meet other adults in situations similar to yours. Hiring a personal counselor or a coach can also give you many useful tools for dealing with your worries and concerns regarding your child, how they ended up in rehab and what their future looks like.

Stay in Touch Frequently

How Can I Inspire My Child While They Are in Recovery?

It is especially important for parents to acknowledge the effort their child is making. Celebrate any milestone no matter how small they may seem. 

Make sure that your child knows that you are there for them to talk to whenever they feel the need to do so. Remain positive, respectful, and encouraging. What your child is going through is difficult and they need you for support and they need to know that they are still loved.

Encourage Healthy Choices

Positive reinforcement is an invaluable tool when it comes to supporting good decisions that your child makes. Rewards can vary from something as simple as extra time together to dinner out at their favorite restaurant. 

Be careful that you are supporting your child’s recovery and not enabling or bribing them. Make sure that rewards are given only after the positive behavior has taken place and of the child’s own doing.

Encourage Recovery Friendships

The same way that a support group for other parents with children in recovery will be helpful to you, maintaining positive friendships with people who are also in recovery will have a positive impact on your child. Having a few friends with whom they can get together casually or call when they need to will go a long way towards aiding their recovery process. 

Strong friendships are important for children in general and this is no less true for those who happen to be in recovery.

If you are the parent of a child with a substance abuse problem, and you think they might be ready to go to recovery, then please contact Discovery Place in Tennessee and find out how we can help you. Reach out to our knowledgeable staff for information pertaining to our Long Term Alternative Recovery Program. You can chat with us on our website or give us a call and speak with a trained staff member at 1-800-725-0922 today.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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