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Each new day brings hope.

Stories

Addiction is a family disease that impacts each family differently.  Every family has their own story. 

Here, in their own words, are true stories from people whose lives have been changed by addiction. 
Names and some identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals. 

Ellen

I had to abandon the tough love approach to save my son…

Marcia

How did I manage to take a perfectly healthy child and raise her to be an alcoholic?… Now I know that my daughter is everything I would have wished for…

  • Community-based participatory research to better understand the experiences and needs of children and their caregivers. Results of our first research study were published in August 2021.  A second protocol in development will directly assess the needs of children and caregivers influenced by SUD in the family.  
     

  • Harm reduction, including Narcan training to prevent overdose deaths.
     

  • Improving continuity of care by developing partnerships to bridge gaps in services for individuals with SUD and their families. 
     

  • Family support

    • An ongoing weekly Family Recovery Group beginning in early 2022, using a combined educational and peer support model.

    • Development of a caregiver "toolkit" that will include information and practical strategies to aid caregivers as they support children day by day.

Current Projects

CPFHR

CPFHR is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) academic-community partnership dedicated to helping the families, caregivers, and children of individuals with SUD, who may be profoundly impacted by SUD but are often invisible to the system and the community.

Children, families, and caregivers affected by someone else's addiction, such as a parent’s SUD, often experience a chaotic lifestyle. They live with shame, isolation and fear; financial instability; food and housing insecurity; domestic violence; mental illness; and more.

 

Families often don’t know how to find the help available to them. We aim to help bridge the gap between children and their caregivers and the resources they need.  

We believe that:

  • It's possible for the person with SUD to recover and for the family to heal.
     

  • It's possible to provide evidence-based resources and support to help children and families thrive despite parental SUD.
     

  • Together we can create and sustain compassionate community pathways to family health and recovery.

Resources for Families

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Results of our first research study were published online in August 2021.  


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