Tips for Parents in Recovery

  • Accept the past and learn and grow from it
  • Let your children know they are valuable and loved
  • Remember many families find strength in adversity
  • Realize recovery takes time, it doesn’t happen over night
  • Talk early and often
  • Do activities together
  • Make sure your child knows they are not alone
  • Make each day a day full of good memories
  • Cherish the closeness you can create
  • Alleviate your child’s confusion with attention and information
  • Really listen and try to understand
  • Show simple affection
  • Be consistent
  • Encourage choice
  • Use everyday opportunities to talk
  • Do esteem building activities
  • Let them know they can tell you anything
  • Know your limitations
  • Encourage interaction among family members
  • Be patient
  • Follow through when you make a promise
  • Get outside help if necessary
  • Maintain a small collection of related books written for children
  • Explore community support groups
  • Contact your local Ala-teen group
  • Know that families that face challenges grow strong together
  • Create a safe, loving home environment
  • Be a good example
  • Spend one-on-one time with your child
  • Say “I love you” at least once a day