The real tragedy of addiction is that it affects everyone, including children who have been exposed to substance abuse through a parent, sibling, family member or other loved ones.The addict or alcoholic is not the only victim of substance abuse. The real tragedy of addiction is that it affects everyone, including children who have been exposed to substance abuse through a parent, sibling, family member or other loved ones. Because they usually lack the ability to process their emotions when faced with the devastating results of addiction, children tend to bottle up their feelings and/or begin acting out inappropriately. At Northbound, we want to help treat the family as a whole, helping both the addict and his or her loved ones reach a healthier and more peaceful place. This includes providing healing opportunities for children as well.
Northbound and Bis Kids
Through our partnership with Bis Kids, a program that offers support for troubled children, we are able to make a difference in the lives of those children who are exposed to addiction and substance abuse. At no additional cost, children are invited to our monthly program where they can congregate in a safe environment and discuss their emotions while learning how to properly cope with the effects of addiction. Not only do Northbound and Bis Kids provide troubled children with a vocal outlet, but we also encourage the children in our program in:
- Learning how to cope with feelings in constructive ways
- Resisting negative peer pressure
- Setting and achieving goals
- Learning more about addiction in general
- The importance of self-care
- Development of self-confidence
- Nurturing relationships with loved ones
We also recommend and make available Parent CRAFT an evidence-based, interactive online course that teaches you how to effectively interact with your children in order to change drug and alcohol behavior, and guide them into accepting treatment. Parents CAN make a difference! find out more at www.CadenceOnline.com.
We invite children ages 6-13 to participate in our children’s program. If you are interested in learning more about our program, please speak to your case manager or visit the Bis Kids website at biskids.org.