Pilot Program Promotes Recovery & Healthy Families

CF family
Arabella gives her mom a high five after completing their final Celebrating Families! activity with father, Robert.

On Tuesday, May 17, six families participating in an innovative treatment program celebrated the conclusion of its first curriculum cycle.

Celebrating Families! is a 16-week Evidence-Based support group model for children and parents in families that have problems with drugs and/or domestic violence. The curriculum engages every member of a family through interactive and age-appropriate materials.

This program was piloted through collaboration with the Men's and Women's Recovery Services programs, Cactus Bloom and Child & Family Services at CODAC's Broadway location.

"The teamwork of our programs to offer this to participating families was an amazing opportunity," shares Dan Krepps, Program Coordinator for Men's Recovery Services.

Each session included a shared family meal and was followed by break-out sessions led by CODAC facilitators. Topics included healthy living skills, communication, expressing feelings, managing anger, decision making, problem solving and goal setting. The families would then assemble together as a whole to exchange dialogue about what they learned and discuss how to apply these skills in their daily lives at home.

Program participant Veronica C. shares that her family learned many valuable tools that strengthened their resiliency and bond. "We have learned how to establish healthy boundaries, praise our children, have learned more patience and are even eating and sleeping better," she says.

"Parents embraced the curriculum and the possibility for change... The children came each week with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and share," says Dan.

Objectives of the curriculum include breaking the cycles of chemical dependency and violence/abuse in families, decreasing participant's use of alcohol and other drugs, and positively influencing family reunification by integrating recovery into every-day family life.

"It was inspiring to see the families bond and grow as one."

The next Celebrating Families! session will begin in mid-July. To learn more about the Celebrating Families! Contact Dan Krepps at dkrepps@codac.org or Kelly Irving at kirving@codac.org.