After searching for a rehabilitation facility for our 17-year-old son, we knew Clearfork was the right choice on our first visit. We found the staff to be highly trained and skilled in the process necessary to help these teens heal. Clearfork Academy gave our son what we could not give him. As his parents, we provided him with parental love, support, consequences, discipline, guidance, a moral foundation, and an education. Not one of these was enough to help our son find his way out of addiction. We came to realize that we were not equipped to provide what our son truly needed in order to save his life. He needed assistance by those who are trained and those who have walked in his shoes before, making them specifically qualified to shine a light on the path to sobriety. The Clearfork staff were compassionate yet committed to the steps needed to provide the specific discipline, order, and the necessary tools my son needed to move forward free of substance use. Of special value to us was Clearfork’s offerings for the family through counseling, seminars, and continued outpatient contact. Also, significant to our family is that Clearfork provides a Christ-centered recovery experience. True recovery lies in the hands of the individual. Expecting an addict to recover without giving them the essential tools will lead to failure over and over again. Clearfork provided our son with a toolbox full of tools that he can carry with him for his entire life. It is still his choice whether to use them or not, but now we know that he is equipped and able to meet his addictions head on! Clearfork not only aids in changing the lives of their clients, it also shows these young men the true VALUE of their lives. Our son entered Clearfork a different person than when he graduated. The counseling and support he received was invaluable to his life and to ours. My son’s addictions have resulted in many tears, screams of pain, and feelings of emptiness for his father and me. Clearfork absorbed our doubt and sadness and, in return, gave us a gift-- the gift of our 17-year-old son alive, awake, and thriving. Although there may be bumps along the way, we no longer hold the same crippling fear for his future. We are secure in the knowledge that he is equipped and supported by the staff at Clearfork, who have a true passion for struggling teens and their families.