Celebrating Families!

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About This Program

Target Population: Adults in recovery from substance abuse and addiction and their children and other family members

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

Celebrating Families!™ is a family-inclusive, trauma-informed, skill-building program for families with a parent with a substance addiction that was developed to prevent children’s future addiction, mental and physical health problems . The program combines prevention and intervention in order support the healing of families in early recovery, while developing skills to prevent future addiction. The program is available in a Spanish version, ¡Celebrando Familias! , with a minor cultural modifications but the same content.

Program Goals:

The goals of Celebrating Families! are:

  • Break the cycle of addiction in families by increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors in participants’ lives
  • Build a healthy environment in families suffering from addiction and related abuse and violence, so children can be safe and healthy (physically, mentally, and emotionally) by enhancing parent-child relationships and attachment

Objectives are:

  • To improve parents’ and children’s mental health including decreased adults’ use of alcohol and other drugs, by increasing their knowledge and use of healthy living skills including communication, expression of feelings, anger management, problem solving, stress management, and access to support
  • To increase family organization, cohesion, and reunification rates and decrease time to reunify families in Dependency Drug Courts
  • To improve relationships between children and parents including increased interactions, communication, and “positive parenting” (affirming, holding, teaching, playing, and reading)
  • To reduce risk factors and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): familial violence, extreme, inconsistent discipline, and parental substance use

Contact Information

Rosemary Tisch
Title: Program Developer
Agency/Affiliation: National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Website: celebratingfamilies.net/CFmodel.htm
Phone: (408) 406-0467
Fax: (301) 468-0987

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2015

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2008