Resources for parents of adult children struggling with substance abuse
Your whole family can heal together
When your son or daughter is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, the excruciating pain and flood of emotions you experience—fear, frustration, sadness and anger, among others—can be overwhelming. The constant worry, sleepless nights, and questioning what role you might have played can leave you feeling helpless.
We want you to know you are not alone, and there is hope.
At Recovery Centers of America, we understand the struggle of mothers and fathers trying to save their children, protect them from the devastation of addiction, and rescue them from the pain of feeling alone. That’s why we treat addiction and heal families together. To help both of you thrive in a shared life of long-term recovery, we offer addiction treatment options for your adult child as well as a variety of educational, therapeutic and support services to guide you as a parent.
Discover: Our life-changing addiction program for young adults
Among the specialized inpatient programs, we offer at Recovery Centers of America is Discover, a program designed specifically for young adults ages 18-34. Applying proven addiction treatment while paying special attention to the developmental challenges of young adulthood, Discover will help your young adult child:
- Develop effective communication skills
- Establish healthy boundaries
- Manage emotions
- Learn coping skills
- Find positive relationships
- Resolve trauma
- Understand family dynamics
- Cultivate career skills
Your son or daughter will receive guidance within gender-specific groups, led by therapists, recovery support specialists and other addiction professionals specifically trained to treat young adults. Employing techniques that have proven effective in addiction treatment, like cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational enhancement therapy, your child will also benefit from yoga, fitness and outside time.
To ease their entry into treatment, we strive to communicate clearly what they can expect. Peer support, one-on-one sessions with their therapists, small group sessions, as well as access to phone calls and communication with you and other family members early on allows them to recover in a controlled environment while giving them space to grow. Throughout every phase, our guiding aim is to provide an appropriate balance of structure and freedom.
Also, your children can maintain their enrollment in college through SchoolFlex, a treatment enhancement service which allows structured time for schoolwork while in treatment, in addition to a number of other addiction treatment services for college students.
Helping your adult child through interventions services
With a 90% success rate at getting a loved one into treatment, our Certified Intervention Professionals work with you to build a team and to deliver a clear-cut plan to help your adult child.
Our interventionists will make your son or daughter feel safe, avoiding shame and stigma, and helping them overcome any conflicts they may have about getting the treatment they need and deserve.
Learn and grow together through our family support services
Grounded in the principles of connection, healing, knowledge and hope, Recovery Centers of America’s family programming include a variety of support groups, therapy, counseling, webinars and events. From healthy boundaries and effective communication, to learning the language and life of recovery with your loved one, these offerings have something for all aspects of your relation to your child in recovery. Among the various resources, Seeds to Recovery will uncover the roots of addiction and help you plant new seeds for a flourishing life of recovery.
There is a host of family educational webinars covering the whole spectrum of topics, including:
- The brain and substance use
- Managing recovery through self-care and wellness
- Navigating life with a young adult impacted by substance use
- Understanding the importance of boundaries in recovery
- The journey of recovery
- Medication Assisted Treatment
Additionally, if you are the parent of a young adult child enrolled in Discover at RCA at Devon, Families RISE (Recovery Inspires Supportive Environments) is a therapeutic, educational and support group available to you. To boost the chances of your child’s success in long-term recovery, and help you recover and grow with them, Families RISE equips you with the tools to create a positive and supportive home environment. Both you and your child will benefit enormously over time through the constructive changes in your family dynamic that Families RISE will help you make, developing ways to manage your own thoughts, feelings and actions while also creating space for your loved one to achieve independence.
To learn more about RCA’s family programming, visit our family page.
Find online family support wherever you are
To help you work through the challenges of a loved one’s addiction at your convenience, RCA provides online family coaching on a range of topics. Among the current offerings immediately applicable to you as a parent is Families Impacted by Addiction, an educational group for the loved ones impacted by addiction. Whether your child, parent, or grandparent is still struggling in active addiction or flourishing in long-term recovery, this group will help you identify the many ways addiction has affected you and your family, while helping you heal and grow from it. You will learn how to break counterproductive patterns of behavior, resolve shame and guilt, and maintain your love for your child without losing yourself in the process.