The people at the national non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have created programs that may help you, and help you help your family. These programs are available free of charge.
The Partnership's Parents Toll-Free Helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE or 1-855-378-4373) is a nationwide, non-crisis, support service that offers assistance to parents and other primary caregivers of children who want to talk to someone about their child's drug use and drinking.
The Partnership has also developed a peer-to-peer Parent Coaching program. All volunteer Parent Coaches have been personally affected by substance abuse. Their experience vary widely: some have children in recovery; some ave lost loved ones; some are in recovery themselves. What they have in common is deep compassion for anyone who is trying to deal with a loved one's substance use.
Parent Coaching through the Partnership happens by phone. Typically, coaches and parents seeking support talk once a week over the course of five to six weeks. Coaching is not psychotheraphy. Coaches are fellow parents who have "been there" and want to make others' lives a little easier.
Both the Helpline and the Parent Coaching program use concepts based in CRAFT - Community Reinforcement and Family Training. Both the Helpline and Parent Coaching program use the 20 Minute Guide which was developed by Center for Motivation and Change, to make CRAFT and motivational interviewing techniques understandable and useful to all kinds of families.
To talk to a Helpline parent specialist, please call 1-855-DRUGFREE or visit drugfree.org/helpline. The Helpline is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm ET. Outside those hours, please leave a message or use the Contact Us form to identify a time when you can talk.
If you are interested in coaching, please speak with your Helpline specialist, or indicate your interest by completing the Contact Us form.