From Tough Love to Empathy: Coaching for Parents with Opioid-Addicted Children

CSIP Opioid Awareness News

A recent news story highlighted coaching programs for parents who have children struggling with opioid addiction. In particular, the collaboration between the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center “will help fund an expansion of the partnership’s helpline where bilingual specialists will work with parents on a plan to address their child’s immediate needs.” Parents who have gone through the experience of helping their children can then serve as coaches to parents going through similar challenges.

While, drug treatment is a personal experience, the CRAFT or Community Reinforcement and Family Training, model is one option, and gives parents and families tools for providing empathy and compassion to those who are addicted.

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