Addiction Among Youth and Failure to Launch Syndrome

January 12, 2018
Hosted by Heather Valsan

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Will discuss challenges that accompany many young people in recovery, typically "Failure to Launch" syndrome which is a term used by clinicians and professionals that describes someone unable to live independently from parents or caregivers. People in recovery are susceptible to low-self esteem and lack the emotional maturity to take charge of their own lives. Often failure to launch recovering addicts are full of promises, goals and dreams. It's the follow-through that they struggle with. They just can't seem to get things done. Their late, forgetful and it seems like their always making excuses for not accomplishing tasks that to the average person seems simple and uncomplicated. These people grow into their 30's and 40's and still live with parents. They often take their recovery seriously and have learned how to live without their drug(s) of choice. However, they are dependent on others to carry them along in life and struggle to become assertive, confident and independent.

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Heather Valsan

Heather Valsan

As a frazzled mother of a toddler and preschooler, my life is busy and always eventful in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. After a busy day as a writer, syndicator of blogs and content creator for the company I work for I begin my “second job” that involves watching the Disney movie, Frozen, for the millionth time and combing through peanut butter embedded hair.

Prior to my first love of being a writer, I was trained in mental health and substance abuse as a Registered Nurse for over ten years. I assessed and treated patients in several hospital settings and witnessed the “sickest of the sick,” which is not a technical term but should be. Most people treated were in very difficult situations having ceased medicating as prescribed, were in hallucinogenic or paranoid states, and often experienced an element of aggression, mania or illogical thinking.

People that have mental health disorders frequently have chemical dependency issues as well. In healthcare, we call this “dual diagnosis” and the ultimate goal of providers (at least the good ones) is to treat the root cause of addiction in order to address longstanding neurological, emotional or behavioral problems. The first step to wellness is often the most difficult. If you are a member of the recovery community of addicts, tirelessly persevere alongside an affected loved one, or have a passion to empower those struggling, you’ve tuned into the right place. Welcome to the journey.

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January 2018

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