Resource Center for Parents


Welcome!

We are glad you found your way here. We know how difficult it can be when you have a child who is addicted. It is painful and exhausting. We hope that the resources you find here will help you in your search for a saner life, a life with more serenity. If this is your first visit, we encourage you to start by watching the short ‘experience, strength and hope’ videos below. The Resource Center for Parents is a joint venture of the NACR and the Fuller Institute for Recovery Ministry

Experience Strength and Hope


Learning about addiction and the family


VIDEOS

This video is also available in three segments of roughly 20 min each for use in support groups for parents. You can download the segments using the following links. Look for the “Download” button just below the video and select the file type you want to download:
Session 1: What it’s like to be addicted [30 min]
Session 2: What it’s like to love an addict [21 min]
Session 3: How the 12 Steps work [22 min]

ARTICLES

Finding a Support Group


There are also a variety of explicitly Christian support groups that welcome loved ones of addicts. Two of the largest of these networks are:

There are also many support groups for parents which have a local or regional scope or which are associated with substance abuse treatment centers. You might want to consider contacting treatment centers in your area. These can be located by going to the National Drug and Treatment Referral Routing Service or by calling 1-800-662-HELP. Some examples:

There are also plenty of on-line support groups for parents. For example:

Treatment for Parents (and other family members)


Some substance abuse treatment centers offer intensive out-patient treatment programs for parents and family members. These programs can be helpful even if your loved one is not yet ready to accept treatment. One of the best known of these programs is:

Finding a treatment program for your child


Here’s downloadable e-book about treatment options for adolescents that is available for free:

A national database of treatment programs is available here. Clink on your state. On the next page, enter location and click on “Select Services” (not “Search”). On the next page, scroll down to find “Special Programs/Groups Offered” and mark “Adolescents” as “required” — check other characteristics if desired and then click on “Search”.

Finding educational options for your child


You might want to consider looking for a high school/college/university that has invested in a Collegiate Recovery Community. Here are some places to start your search:

For College/University options see:

For high school options see:

Comments

  1. says

    There’s no one right way to be helpful, so it is hard to answer the question “Should I got to him?”. Do you have a support group that understands? Do you have a therapist with an understanding of addiction? Maybe if not, try that as a next decent step. Otherwise, have you talked to him? Maybe ask him if he is ready to get help, and if he is, does he want you to be part of his solution? These things are very trying…right this minute I pray that God give you clarity of the next thing you can do to support recovery. t

  2. Mary says

    My Son is active using meth. We live in different states. His fiancé broke up w him & now he is more distant than before. Should I go to him? I visited him last year but he wasn’t open to receive help. The addiction has been going on for abt 16 years now. His friend saw him around Nov last year & told me he didn’t look well. He has been through drug court & stayed clean for three years but a friend died of an over dose & he picked up again. Thank you for your help. God bless you!

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