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Children’s Program Ages 7 – 12

The Children’s Addiction Prevention Program at Brighton Center for Recovery

The Children’s Addiction Prevention Program at Brighton Center for Recovery: A FREE, educational, healing and addiction prevention program for children ages 7 – 12.

It’s designed for children who’ve been directly affected by a mother’s, father’s, brother’s, sister’s, grandparent’s or other loved one’s alcohol or drug problem. These loved ones may be in recovery or still actively struggling.

This program is also beneficial for children who’ve not been directly exposed to alcoholism or drug addiction by providing eye-opening awareness not found in other prevention-focused programs.

Addiction is a cyclical, family disease. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one in four American children has been exposed to alcoholism in their homes. Research findings by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) state that children of alcoholics are up to four times more likely than others to develop alcoholism and other drug problems themselves.

Brighton Center for Recovery believes that addiction education and prevention between the ages of 7 and 12 can have a dramatically positive impact on young people’s futures. This four-day Children’s Program is one of only four nationally of its kind, modeled after The Betty Ford Center’s Children’s Program in California.

Children will learn empowering life and self-care skills to heal and reduce the likelihood of developing alcoholism, drug addiction or other compulsive disorders later in life.

Children learn:

  • About alcoholism and drug addiction through age-appropriate activities such as art, role play, games, writing and other fun activities.
  • They’re not alone. Other children in the program are coping with similar problems in their homes. There’s tremendous power in interacting and playing with children with shared experiences.
  • That no matter what, addiction is not their fault and they can’t make a loved one stop using alcohol and drugs but they can – and should – help themselves.
  • Several healthy coping skills including how to identify and express feelings, problem solving skills and self-care strategies, including how to handle peer-pressure situations.
  • How to build upon their own strengths and build resilience to face home and school challenges in a healthy, positive way.

Families healing together

*Parents or caregivers join their children in activities on the last two days (Saturday and Sunday). Family communication is strengthened so they can heal together with solid hope and a plan for their healthy future.

Here’s a sampling of the feedback regularly received from families and professionals:

From a parent: “The program has given my girls a better understanding of addiction and how to let out their feelings related to it. It was helpful for me to have happier children with a better understanding of what has been happening with their dad. I thought the entire program was incredible! It was exactly what my children needed.”

From a referring therapist at Livingston County Community Mental Health: “My client thought this was the absolute, greatest program. She had a lot of fun; she learned a lot and she now knows she is not the problem. It was a big turnaround for her and her mother.  I see strength in her now and higher self- esteem re: what is going on. Congratulations on the program and continued success in the future!

From a former patient: “The program reinforced that my addiction is not their fault and gave them tools to maintain a healthier lifestyle.”

“This program strengthened my own recovery by reinforcing that I can’t fix it for my boys, that they need to take care of themselves.” 

From a 12-year-old Children’s Program alumnae: “This program helped me to let out my feelings. While I was spending time with these amazing people, I looked at what I had done in the past when I was keeping things bottled up and I realized that it really hurt me. I will never forget this experience…….I thank (staff) so much for helping me become the person I am now.  Being me now is such an amazing feeling! I don’t ever want to lose this feeling”. 

The Children’s Addiction Prevention Program at Brighton Center for Recovery

Dates of FREE upcoming programs for 2014:

  • January 23 – 26
  • February 20 – 23
  • March 20 – 23
  • April 24 – 27
  • May 22 – 25
  • June 19 – 22 & 26 – 29
  • July 17 – 20 & 24 – 27
  • August 14 – 17 & 21 – 24
  • October 23 – 26
  • November 13 – 16
  • December 11 – 14

Brighton Center for Recovery Campus
12851 Grand River Road
Brighton, MI 48116

Call (810) 220-1807 to learn more or for enrollment information. Registration is required.

Class sizes are limited and spots fill quickly, so please call today. We look forward to helping your child.