Children's Healthy Coping Skills FlyerChildren: The Invisible Casualties of Addiction

Sadly, children are often the first hurt by alcohol and drug addiction and the last helped. Children of alcoholics are four to nine times more likely to develop an addiction as a direct result of their family experience. Left untreated, these kids are more likely to suffer from depression and other mental health issues as teenagers and adults.

Happily, a safe healing community exists for kids and parents. Designed by one of the world’s leading experts on kids and addiction, Dr. Robert Ackerman, Renascent’s four-day intensive Children’s Program helps kids aged 7 to 13 come to terms with the impact addiction has had in their lives.

Hate the Disease, Love the Addict

Over four days, kids learn that it’s okay to hate the disease but love their parents. They learn practical tools to support self-care, communication and the expression of emotions that may have been stifled. They learn that they’re not alone and that other kids and families share their experience. The treatment program is powerful, yet allows kids to be kids. Play, arts and games help kids process addiction and recovery as a personal and family experience.

Renascent’s Children’s Program is open to children aged 7 to 13 who’ve been impacted by another family member’s problem with alcohol and/or drugs. All children are welcome, whether their family member is currently using or not. At least one parent or person playing a key caregiving role must accompany the child; adults must be clean and sober to participate in the program.

Help for Parents Too

While kids are working with their peers and children’s counsellors in one room, parents and caregivers are given the opportunity to connect with other parents. Through counselling and peer support, parents can discover how to honour their own recovery from drug and alcohol addiction while learning how to parent in ways that boost the resilience of their children and their family as a whole.

Aftercare

Renascent provides a structured aftercare program so children can stay connected with their counsellors and their peers in recovery. Renascent offers two youth support groups – one for younger kids and one for teenagers.


Kids’s Aftercare Group (for kids under 12 who have completed the Children’s Program)

Lillian and Don Wright Family Health Centre
38 Isabella Street, Toronto
the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Teen Support Group (for ages 12-19 – any affected teen can attend)

Lillian and Don Wright Family Health Centre
38 Isabella Street, Toronto
every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Where to Begin?

Give us a call toll-free at 1-866-232-1212 and talk to one of our family counsellors. All consultations are free and confidential.

Renascent. Your best choice for lasting family recovery from the debilitating effects of alcohol and drug addiction

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