Inspiring Hope, Healing & Health in All Families
Many we love are suffering. With your help, we can reach out to them.
Your generosity sparks hope and success for families moving toward recovery.
We are a volunteer, 501(c)(3) academic-community partnership dedicated to helping the hidden victims of addiction, also known as substance use disorder (SUD).
Children, families and caregivers affected by someone else's addiction often experience a chaotic lifestyle. They live with shame, isolation and fear; financial instability; food and housing insecurity; domestic violence; mental illness; and more.
Although parental addiction often has a devastating impact on the family, resources for children and caregivers are limited and insufficient.
100% of your donation to our all-volunteer organization will go to developing resources and support for children, families and caregivers impacted by SUD.
The Epidemic of Despair
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic it's easy to forget that there is another deadly epidemic in our country, one that has been going on for years and is getting worse. The “Epidemic of Despair” is due to increasing rates of alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide. In the US, approximately 95,000 deaths from alcohol-related causes and nearly 70,000 deaths from drug-related causes will occur this year (CDC, Hayes 2018).
For each person who dies of alcohol- or drug-related causes,
many more live with the devastating effects of addiction.
And so do their families.
Children living with parental addiction need extensive support. The stress they experience may overwhelm their ability to cope, alter brain development and create the potential for life-long problems. They are 4 times more likely than their peers to develop SUD (Smith, 2016. Pediatrics 138;e20161575).
It's easy to be angry at the parents, but anger, blame and shame don't help. Despite their determination to be good parents, loving parents with SUD may find it very difficult to prioritize the needs of children over their cravings. That is the nature of addiction.
Caregivers who step in to care for the children face many challenges such as intrafamilial conflict, social isolation and stress-related health problems. Their ability to provide for children is hampered by the difficulty of navigating complex social services. Most struggle alone and in silence.
It doesn't have to be this way.
We believe that:
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