Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery has 17 topic areas presented in the program, in addition to three topics focused on men and fathers. Each topic area represents a group-based session of 90 minutes. However, due to the number of activities and the depth of the information presented in each topic area, more than one session may be helpful to adequately increase parents’ knowledge and build their skills.
The Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment & Recovery is built on the principles of relational development. We believe that success and satisfaction of parents and children improve as certain essential factors become more vital and pervasive within the relationship.
These factors are:
• Mutuality: Characterized by a dynamic, interactive sensitivity and responsiveness
• Authenticity: Freedom and ability to live within the relationship at a high level of exposure and vulnerability
• Empathy: Process by which the disclosure and sharing of oneself leads to a heightened sense of self, and of understanding another; self-awareness and self-acceptance enhance awareness and acceptance of others
Each 1 ½ hour session begins with information from the facilitator about the topic and the group process. Goals, objectives, materials and preparation needed are listed for each session. Activities and exercises are designed to promote a high level of group participation and interaction. Each session ends with a wrap-up activity.
Who Should Participate?
Partners of parenting adults in treatment and recovery, extended family members who may be parenting children of substance abusing adults, and adults in treatment and/or recovery for substance abuse problems and who are in parenting relationships with children. Participants need not have children in order to benefit from this program.
Parents explore their childhood experiences, their fears, and their strengths. Parents explore effects of substance abuse on themselves and their families, and strengthen their recovery. Parents develop self-awareness and build nurturing skills using a variety of techniques and activities that accommodate different learning styles. Parents explore their own process of development as adults in recovery, and examine the parallels and differences in the development of their children.