Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents who are in substance abuse treatment and recovery; and may have current or past mental health issues and/or trauma

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

The Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery focuses on the effects of substance abuse on families, parenting, and the parent-child relationship. Combining experiential and didactic exercises, the approach is designed to enhance parents' self-awareness and thereby increase their capacity to understand their children. Parents may experience loss of self-image as being capable, effective parents. They may have a diminished capacity for empathy. In addition, the parent-child bond may be weakened by periods of physical and/or emotional unavailability of parents; thus resulting in gaps in parents' knowledge of the experiences, milestones and growth of their children. This program is designed to assist parents in re-establishing the strength of their connections with their children.

Program Goals:

The goals for Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery are:

  • Enhance parents’ self-awareness and thereby increase understanding of their children
  • Enhance parents’ attunement to both their feelings, thoughts, and needs, as well as the feelings, thoughts, and needs of their children and loved ones
  • Re-establish the strength of parents’ connections to their children so that parents and children can heal together
  • Explore, discover, and cultivate parents’ and family members’ strengths and assets
  • Address the specific parenting needs of families affected by parental substance use and co-occurring disorders
  • Enhance parents’ capacity to nurture themselves and their children
  • Help strengthen parents’ and children’s self-esteem

Contact Information

Dianna Christmas
Agency/Affiliation: The Institute for Health and Recovery
Phone: (617) 661-3991
Fax: (617) 661-7277

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2006