Peer-To-Peer Parent Support If Your Child Struggles With Addiction | The Partnership

Peer-To-Peer Parent Support If Your Child Struggles With Addiction | The Partnership


A parent coach is a mix of your best friend,
your life coach, your mother, your father, that person that you can speak to. We have this wonderful helpline that’s set
up where parents from around the country can call in, and they can talk to a trained clinician. But often they’ll ask, you know, “Gee, I’d
love to talk to another parent.” But what we try to do is to offer them much
more than just hope, to help transition them from feeling like victims to being empowered,
helping them learn new tools and new skills for them to take better care of themselves,
that often elusive self care. And for them to improve communications with
their loved ones, so that ultimately they can encourage and motivate them to want to
seek treatment. Parent coaching is when a parent contacts
you and says, “I am struggling. I have a child that is suffering from the
disease of addiction, and I’m suffering. I don’t know where to turn. I don’t know where to go from here. Can you help me?” It’s really about being able to share more
than just hope. Because often they want their kids to be alive,
that’s the bottom line. But if nothing else, they wanna… They want them to be happy, and healthy, and they wanna be able to communicate with them better. When my son was going through addiction, I felt like I was the only person who was experiencing it. I decided that I wanted to give back, and
I learned about the Partnership. So now what I do is I provide support to families
whose kids are struggling with addiction. I’ve gone through a lot of what they have
gone through and what they are going through. And for peer to peer to know that someone
is going through the exact same thing that you’ve just gone through, that you’re going
through, just makes you feel more comfortable like, “Wow, I am really not alone in this
world. I have someone that has gone through this,
and she’s normal like me. She’s not some doctor. She’s a parent.” Addiction is such a daunting, frightening
disease, and parents are part of the process, and they’re part of the healing, and they’re
part of the solution. They just need to know how to act. And because of my affiliation with the Partnership, and because of my experience, I have so many resources. We provide information that allows them to
collaborate more with their kids to hopefully be a little bit better of a listener, which
was, I know, really hard for me to do. When you’re on this journey, you don’t trust
a lot of people and it’s justifiable. So to speak to that person that gets you,
understands you, is powerful, inspiring, and gives you a whole lot of hope.

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