Celebrating Families! is a successful, evidence-based
16 week curriculum that addresses the needs of children and
parents in families that have serious problems with alcohol
and other drugs. The curriculum engages every member of the
family, ages three through adult, to foster the development
of healthy and addiction-free individuals.
A typical cycle was designed to serve 6 to 15 families depending on the site's physical facilities, referral process
and intake of eligible families.
Each session begins with a family meal. Afterwards family members break into age groups
for developmentally appropriate activities led by the group facilitators.
At the end of each session, all family members re-connect in activities to
learn how to apply these new skills and interact in healthy ways.
The model is developed for children of alcoholics/addicts
COAs and their parents, many of whom have learning differences
or cognitive deficits. Celebrating Families!� is based
on recent research about brain chemistry, including skills,
education, risk and resiliency factors, and asset development.
Emphasis is also placed on the importance of community service
and individual spirituality. Celebrating Families!�:
- Explores the four aspects of healthy
living: physical, psychological social and spiritual.
- Incorporates healthy family living skills.
- Integrates parenting skills with strategies to break the cycle of addition.
- Utilizes materials developed for
COAs with the teaching and reinforcing of life skills.
- Uses interactive teaching methodologies
recommended by research on how the brain learns, especially
brains impacted in utero by alcohol and other drug use.
Celebrating Families!� helps participants
break the rules of a chemically dependent family: "Don't
Talk, Don't Feel, Don't Trust."
Celebrating Families!� teaches about
the disease of chemical dependency:
- That it is a brain disease.
- Its impact on families.
- Facts about alcohol, tobacco, prescription and
illegal drug use.
Celebrating Families!� empowers by teaching
Healthy Living Skills:
- Anger Management
- Healthy Living and Nutrition
- Problem Solving and Goal Setting
Celebrating Families!� integrates addiction recovery concepts in every session,
so every family member is learning the same skills/concepts.
Celebrating Families!� helps all
family members learn:
I did not CAUSE the disease
I can not CURE the disease
I cannot CONTROL the disease
I can help take CARE of myself One day at a time.