Family Recovery Means Children Too!
Research has shown that children of addicted parents are at the highest risk of becoming alcohol and drug abusers themselves. As parents, it can be difficult to believe that our addiction or the addiction of a family member has an impact on our children. Addiction has an impact on every family member, including children. Without help, your children are at risk of becoming addicts themselves in later years.
Our Specialty Therapy program meets with individuals of all ages to pin point the needs of each person, including toddlers. Children ages 2 – 11 years old are met with on an individual basis with our Play Therapist who uses evidence based play therapy to help a young child:
- learn they are not alone
- express anger, fear, guilt, and shame
- learn to feel safe and protected
- experience healthy social interactions
- build trust
- learn to try new approaches to old problems
- re-engage with their family
Children ages 12 – 17 years old are involved in Recovery 4 Life’s after school adolescent program. This age group participates in evidenced based groups, as well as individual therapy. Family therapy sessions are encouraged for this age group if deemed appropriate.
What do I look for in my child to know they might be struggling?
- Judging themselves mercilessly
- Difficulty having fun
- Difficulty with emotional relationships
- Feeling “different” from other people
- Guessing what is normal
- Tendency to be impulsive
- Either super responsible or super irresponsible
- Desperately seeking approval and affirmation
- Suffering from chronic anxiety
- Lacking self discipline
- Compulsive liars
- Suffering from a critical deficiency of self-respect
- Fear and mistrust for authority figures
- Unexplained outburst of anger
- Isolating, withdraws from family and friends
- Long periods of sadness or hopelessness
- Running away
- Sudden drop in grades at school
- Gets in fights at school or doesn’t want to go anymore
- Acts like an adult and assumes adult responsibilities