Helping Children Affected By Parental Substance Abuse


This practical resource provides a wealth of activities and photocopiable worksheets to use with children and young people affected by parental substance abuse.

Children living in substance-abusing homes are at risk of many different negative outcomes, such as behavioral problems, low academic achievement, depression and anxiety, low self-esteem and self-blame for their parent’s substance abuse. Each chapter of the book reviews a different issue affecting children living in substance-abusing homes and gives step-by-step instructions for leading a group session to address these issues, drawing on the latest research and including suggestions for discussions based on best practices. The activities support children to reduce feelings of shame and isolation, better understand the nature of addiction, develop skills for self-care and promote healthy interactions.

This is an essential resource for professionals working with children affected by parental substance misuse, including counselors, child psychologists, therapists, and youth workers.

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Weight .95 lbs
Dimensions 10.9 × 8.4 × .5 in