Research has shown that having a close family member with a history of addiction is a risk factor for substance use and for developing a substance use disorder. In this collection, we feature resources that provide education about addiction, support for coping when a family member has an addiction, and selected resources designed to help prevent the development of substance use disorder in children and youth.
- A link to the Addiction Policy Forum’s educational videos on the science of addiction including a video specifically designed for kids
- A 5-page guide for children and youth explaining opioids and how they can affect your body and reduce your ability to enjoy things that make you happy
- A link to the website of the Addiction Education Society that provides information about the science of addiction with specific materials for teens, parents and educators and also includes stories of recovery
- A link to the website of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids that provides educational materials as well as one-on-one support to parents and caregivers through text, email, and phone helplines
- A link to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s site with information about alcohol and drugs for youth ages 11 to 17 including interactive videos and games to teach addiction science
Support for Coping When a Loved One Has an Addiction
- A one-page infographic from the Recovery Research Institute that explains the stages of coping when a loved one has a substance use disorder
- A one-page infographic from the Recovery Research Institute listing 8 ways to help you keep loving someone with an addiction
- A link to the website for the Sesame Street in Communities program about parental addiction with resources developed for children ages 1-6 and a 2-minute video featuring the Muppet Elmo taking about his friend Karli’s mother’s addiction and treatment
- A guide to Nar-Anon Family Group’s guide to providing local services for anyone affected by close contact with a person with an addiction including information about Narateen programs that serve youth and teenagers
- A link to the website for the National Children of Addiction that provides resources for families to address issues related to parental substance use
- A toolkit for parents from the National Association of Children of Alcoholics
- Two overviews of programs that organize camps for children and families affected by addiction:
Prevention Resources for Families and Caregivers
- An overview of the Celebrating Families! curriculum designed for youth and families that have been impacted by addiction with a goal of preventing youth development of substance use disorders
- A one-page guide for parents and grandparents educating them about the risks of teen opioid use with advice on safe medication storage and how to speak to children and teens about the risk of opioid use
- A guide for parents and caregivers with suggestions on how to prevent substance misuse in youth and a Spanish language version of the guide
- A toolkit for parents with age appropriate scripts for staring conversations about substance use and help them resist substance use along with a Spanish language version
- A parental toolkit from the Operation Prevention substance use prevention program that includes a discussion of parenting styles and skills and how to talk to your child about opioids and opioid abuse
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This website from Addiction Policy Forum provides a brief overview of the science of addiction. The web page includes a 4 minute video explaining the science of addiction for all audiences, and a link
An education publication directed at children and youth, this 5 page guide explains what opioids are, including nick names for common drugs, and explains how using opioids can affect your body and eventually reduce your ability to enjoy the things that make you happy. The publication was prepared by theNational Institute on Drug Abuse’s Mind Matters program.
The Addiction Education Society provides public education for patients, their caregivers, and community leaders about the disease of addiction. Information covered on the site includes the science of addiction, identifying addiction in yourself and in others, and stories of hope and
The website for Partnership for Drug-Free Kids which provides support and resources to parents and caregivers about substance use and addiction. The organization provides information about addiction and offers one-on-one help to parents and caregivers through their text, email, and phone helplines. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids merged with the Center on Addiction in January 2019 to combine their efforts to address addiction and its impact on families and communities.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse website provides information about alcohol and drugs for youth ages 11 to 17. The website includes materials written specifically for a teen audience, as well as
This one page infographic describes the 4 stages of coping when a family member or friend has a substance use disorder: search, deny, accept, and learn.
This one page infographic provides 8 strategies to enable family and caregivers to continue loving and supporting someone with an addition.
Sesame Street in Communities website about parental addiction provides resources for parents, caregivers, educators, and health care providers who help children with family members struggling with addiction. The website provides printable materials, videos and other resources designed to support children.
This 2 minute video is from the Sesame Street in Communities series on parental addiction. The video features Elmo talking about his friend Karli’s mothers addiction and treatment. More videos and other resources from the Sesame Street in Communities program can be found on their website: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/parental-addiction/.
This is the 2018 Nar-Anon Family Group’s guide to providing local services for anyone who has been affected by close contact with a person with an addiction including information for Narateen programs which serve youth and teenagers affected by addition. The guide includes information about Nar-Anon and Narateen policies and management structures, financial policies, and other traditions of the Nar-Anon and Narateen groups.
The National Children of Addiction (NACoA) website provides resources for families and professionals to address issues related to parental substance use.
This parent tool-kit from the National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) includes information for families members of children of alcoholics and information to support children and build resilience.
A brief overview of the Moyer Foundation’s Camp Mariposa, a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth who have been impacted by substance misuse in their families. Launched in 2007 in Seattle, Camp Mariposa now operates in more than 12 locations across the country, providing services to children ages 9 to 12. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.
Website for Eluna Network which provides resources and programs including camps to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction.
A brief overview of the Celebrating Familes! curriculum which is an evidence-based, skills building program for youth and families who have been impacted by addiction. The goal of the program is to prevent youth development of substance use disorders while improving the child and family members’s mental and physical health. Trainers from the National Association for Children of Alcoholics work with communities and programs to faithfully implement the 16-week curriculum which has been adopted in over 100 jurisdictions including treatment programs, drug courts, and community organizations. This report is part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.
This one page guide educates caregivers about the risks of opioid use for children and teens and provides advice for how to safely store medications, how to speak with physicians about any opioid prescriptions, and how to communicate with children and teams about the risks of opioid use.
This guide for parents and caregivers provides advice on how to prevent youth from abusing alcohol and drugs in their lives. It includes advice for how to help youth resist pressure and reduce stress, how to talk to youth about drug use, how to recognize warning signs of substance use, and how to build a family prevention plan.
A Spanish language guide for parents and caregivers on how to prevent youth from abusing alcohol and drugs in their lives. It includes advice for how to help youth resist pressure and reduce stress, how to talk to youth about drug use, how to recognize warning signs of substance use, and how to build a family prevention plan.
This guide from Partnership at DrugFree.org provides parents and caregivers with specific advice on how to talk to kids to prevent drug and alcohol misuse. It includes age appropriate scripts for starting conversations, guidance on what to say to teens about prescription drugs, advice on
This Spanish language guide from Partnership at DrugFree.org provides parents and caregivers with specific advice on how to talk to kids to prevent drug and alcohol misuse. It includes age appropriate scripts for starting conversations, guidance on what to say to teens about prescription drugs, advice on how to address
The parental tool-kit created as part of the Operation Prevention substance abuse prevention program created by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education. The tool-kit includes information for parents to accompany the curriculum students receive in Operation Prevention programs in K-12 education programs.