Three weeks ago Stone Smith enjoyed his 14th birthday, but the past two years were nothing to celebrate.
“I thought like I might get a probation officer and nothing big would happen. It ended up being like the complete opposite,” said Stone Smith.
“Probably about two years ago, we started noticing some behavior problems and we kind of just blew it off as the early adolescent years,” said Glynn Smith.
When Stone was just 12-years-old, he started popping pills.
“It kind of made me feel like I didn't care about anything. You think, if I don't do anything they won't be friends with me anymore. It's kind of stupid when you think about it, when you really lay it out its true,” said Stone.
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“We were devastated, it was a blow to both of us as parents,” said Glynn.
The Smiths knew they had to do something. They turned to the parent project, a program based out of the Alfred Saliba Family Center. The organization gives parents tools on how to take control of their family and better communicate with their kids. The lessons may sound simple
“Just being positive and pointing him in the right direction—making sure he knows that the behavior he was exhibiting wasn't going to get him anywhere in life,” said Glynn.
But Stone wasn't ready for those changes.
“They tell you this during the parenting project—once you start implementing some of these new rules around the house it actually gets worse and it did get worse,” said Glynn.
That's when they decided to send Stone to Pathways, a rehab center for troubled youth. It was the reality check Stone needed. His parents followed through and opened the line of communication.
“That's when he finally realized there were two people in this world that were going to be there for him, that was mom and dad,” said Glynn.
Friends come and go, but family will always be there, just like the consequences of your decisions.
“Stop doing all the stupid stuff its not really worth it and its going to really really bite you in the end,” said Stone.
Parent Project Contact Number: (334) 712-1542