"The Parent Support Network is demonstrably one of those great ideas whose time has come," said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. "Now parents whose children are struggling with alcohol and other drug problems can get the kind of peer-to-peer support and guidance that has been shown to help those struggling with other health issues: cancer, diabetes and mental health disorders. The Network offers a lifeline to parents who feel alone and frightened, providing them with a practical, positive, evidence-based approach to helping their child towards a healthier life."
Credentialed, bilingual Helpline staffers work with parents in need to understand their child's problem, offer ideas for strengthening communication between parent and child and guiding them toward appropriate legal counseling and treatment. When callers are interested in taking advantage of this new opportunity, Helpline specialists will refer callers to the newly trained parent coaches when appropriate.
Both Helpline specialists and coaches will rely upon the extensive science-based digital resources at drugfree.org, many of which are designed to help parents interact more effectively with their child in ways that reinforce positive behavior and lead to improved outcomes. These resources also help parents evaluate the range of evidence-based treatment options that may be available to them and their child.
As the Parent Support Network grows, opportunities for parent-to-parent interaction in real time, moderated online support groups, development of a robust online parent community and referral to local in-person parent support groups in a caller or site visitor's area will be added.
"We have worked with many parents to help support and to reassure them that they are not alone, and that their child's drug or alcohol problems are not their fault," said Kim Manlove, co-chair of the national parent network. "Our work has been effective, but we wanted to get the CRAFT training to improve our support and give us the tools we need to provide better assistance for other families."
For more information on The Partnership's resources, including the Parents Toll-Free Helpline, visit drugfree.org.
SOURCE The Partnership at Drugfree.org