A Parent’s Perspective


This family found the pathway to recovery—and freedom from relapse—by reaching out for additional support as they needed it.

When our son, Brian, first went to rehab, my wife and I were hopeful that he would find the help and healing he required to carry on with a successful life and career. We were under the impression that professional help, in addition to our support, was all he needed. Brian, on the other hand, didn’t take his stay as seriously as we did, and soon after finishing the program, he relapsed. This story is all too common for young college students attempting to make a comeback from addiction.

After some personal growth and self-realization, Brian began to understand that when it came to rehab, he couldn’t get well by doing the minimum required. He knew his problem was bigger than he was and that he needed more help than any of us had originally realized. He went back to rehab with the intent to work hard, and that’s exactly what he did.

This time, Brian took on a leadership role with the other residents and did a phenomenal job. He then went to a “¾-way house.” There, we knew he was still being monitored, but we also knew his healing wasn’t complete when his stay was over. We were concerned that without constant supervision and support, he would relapse again.

Though he had already made a long and stressful journey, our son realized that he needed recurring assistance if he wanted to remain sober. That’s when Brian told us about the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR) at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Kennesaw, GA. Together with Kennesaw’s Collegiate Recovery Community, the CYAAR provided a community of professionals and peers where Brian could find the support he needed—and the peace of mind that my wife and I needed.

I am pleased to report that Brian recently graduated from KSU with a degree in finance and just landed a full-time position in his field. We know that he couldn’t have done it alone. But once he made the decision to help himself, it was Kennesaw that provided the support he needed to fulfill his commitment, opening the door to a future filled with promise. Our advice? Don’t hesitate to reach out for help when you need it.

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