Recovery challenges for teens

Dan Cronin, Substance Abuse Expert, shares advice for parents on some of the most common and difficult challenges that teens face when recovering from addiction
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Recovery challenges for teens

The course is a bumpy road sometimes. It is never a straight path. You have a child that goes to treatment. They may go in and get it right, and they may never use drugs and alcohol again. Or they may come out and they may relapse. We understand that relapse is part of the recovery process. It is not mandatory. It is not recommended for people because you wouldn't lead the path if we didn't think it was a good idea. It is often up and down, in and out. It is not a straight course to take. There is going to be challenges, just like with anything else. It may even require multiple treatments, maybe residential or an outpatient treatment. Maybe someone will do well and they won't have a relapse. We would really like to believe that abstinence is the way to go, and for some people, it is. For some people, it is not the way to go and they are going to need to find out what their path is.

Dan Cronin, Substance Abuse Expert, shares advice for parents on some of the most common and difficult challenges that teens face when recovering from addiction


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Dan Cronin has been a Substance Abuse Expert, a leading figure in the fields of Alcohol and Drug Intervention, Alternative Sentencing and Case Management for over 20 years. His organizations, Dan Cronin Consulting and A.I.R., provide Alcohol and Drug Abuse Care Management throughout North America and the world, for individuals, corporations and organizations including the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, where he is the Director of their Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Programs.

As a licensed Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor (LISAC, CADAC, CAS, CCS), Dan works closely with medical professionals in all aspects of addiction medicine. As part of Dan Cronin Consulting, Dan has teamed with renowned psychiatrist Dr. M. David Lewis, M.D., whose 30 years of experience has established him as a leading medical expert in the field. He also works with Dr. Brian F. Shaw, Ph.D., one of the top clinical psychologists in North America and co-founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With them he has developed a specific model for Case Management that treats clients suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Working with his key executive Mellie Walker and the rest of his team at Dan Cronin Consulting, he’s implemented this substance rehab model nationwide and it is now used as a template in many referral agencies around the country.

Dan is also founder and director of AIR Alternatives, launched in 1997 to assist individuals and companies with Alternative Sentencing, including in-custody assessments, transportation and court follow-ups. AIR contracts with the courts throughout Los Angeles County, specializing addiction treatment center placement for individuals who face legal consequences due to addiction. Other members of the AIR team include DeAnne Soriano, Director of Operations, who has 10 years of experience and functions as direct liaison to the courts and Anthony Melillo, Assessment Specialist and transport coordinator with the firm for the last five years.

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