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"There was no greater horror and humiliation for me than to come to admit that my son was a drug addict. Being a counselor myself, I believed I should have been able to prevent the disease in my son. I feared that I would be blamed and shamed, as is sometimes the reality when parents take their teens for help.

"Larry Fritzlan Recovery Services helped me take the focus off of my own guilt and learn how to love my son in a way that was unconditional, but not enabling. 

What meant the most to me, was that LFRS treated me with dignity and made me a partner in working in my son's treatment, while still helping me to see where I needed to do my own personal healing work.

"Larry is a sophisticated counselor with highly developed professional skills, yet able to communicate on a level that teens respect and gravitate towards. He somehow made the experience enjoyable as he guided us through the nightmare of dealing with addiction. My son and I both feel deeply blessed to have had Larry's help in our lives.

"I will be forever grateful for the time we spent with you."

Nita, Mother (Read more of this mother's story >)

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"Larry Fritzlan is an angel who sat on the shoulder of my family during our most difficult years. Our family unit consisted of a single mom, an alcoholic, absent ex-husband, and 3 teens, one a serious alcoholic/drug addict with underlying bipolar disorder.

"Larry and Larry Fritzlan Recovery Services never wavered in the belief that we could and would get through this, that we could all ultimately be grateful for the opportunity which these dreadful circumstances brought us to. That is, the opportunity to realize our importance to one another and to be grateful for each day we could spend learning how to appreciate each other more fully.

"That is, of course, not how we viewed it in the beginning, when I spent most of my days driving around, calling Larry for reassurance and more innovative ideas. Larry was always quickly available, ever-reminding me that none of us was going to die in the process of learning and practicing clear communication, boundaries and consequences. And, in fact, noting that NOT doing these things could result in suicide in my eldest, the 'identified patient/presenting problem.'

"Larry Fritzlan Recovery Services also clearly advocated COMPLETE family involvement where possible. Our 'identified patient' has truly turned out to be a gift to each of us. We could have had a mediocre family experience over the years or this incredibly intense but ultimately rewarding one. Of course, it is not all perfect; but my now-adult children and I still laugh about some of the moments during those years – like when my car trunk was full of stereos, telephones, TVs, CD players, etc., which had been temporarily confiscated by THE MOM to encourage cooperation in the process (such as attending family therapy sessions with Larry).

"From my perspective, the most valuable times were when we worked with Larry as a family, treading where I would never have dared alone. His skill brought us safely through each and every time we hung in there!

"I have several beliefs at this point in my life – (1) Never ever try to do this alone – it is like a bunch of fish on dry land trying to breathe and talk at the same time in a foreign language. (2) Stay as close as you can to a 12-Step support system which will continue for you after Larry steps aside. (3) ALWAYS involve the whole family unit – otherwise the 'identified patient' continues to be reinfected by the members of his or her family who always share some aspect of the dis-ease process.

"HOPE is a wonderful thing. SUCCESS and JOY are even better things."

Mary H., MBA, Mother

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