June 2010 Program Graduate
Andrew B. came to visit with fellow alumni Parker S. on April 20. Prior to The Family Foundation School, B. failed in his attempts to control his anger and impulsivity. He was easily enraged and lacked knowledge of coping skills and positive outlets. He arrived at The Family Foundation School on April 9, 2008, and was placed in Family 6, later known as Wilson House.
At The Family Foundation School, Andrew was reluctant to start his recovery due to his resentments. For a while, he fed into his resentments, which stemmed from being told what to do, rules, and the structure at The Family Foundation School. He also had a hard time being away from home and was angry at his parents sending him to the school. Once he realized that The Family Foundation School was an opportunity to start over, he made a conscious decision to surrender his will. Andrew adjusted to The Family Foundation School lifestyle and worked through his resentments with his friends.
Andrew recalled his biggest support in The Family Foundation School: Wilson House and its staff, especially Woody and Carlton. He also acknowledged his uncle Bill Musgrove as one of the biggest helps in his recovery.
Upon leaving The Family Foundation School, Andrew struggled with returning to public school for his senior year. “Senior year’s a hard time to start over.” He said that there were a lot of temptations, which he is presently working through with friends. To the newcomer, he suggests, “Be real and get honest. Find someone you trust that you can tell everything to.”