One of the greatest sources of pain to newly clean and sober parents is how their addiction impacts their children.
In this warm and highly instructional video, Claudia Black offers mothers and fathers a language in which to talk with their kids of any age about drugs and alcohol. Based on her book, Straight Talk: What Recovering Parents Should Tell Their Kids About Drugs and Alcohol, Claudia addresses the value of talking openly about addiction as a disease, multiple addictive disorders and recovery practices.
Recognizing that "walking the talk" is vital to parents, Claudia presents strategies for reconnecting with even the very skeptical, non-trusting child as well as an adult child. For parents with children still at home, she identifies protective factors that lessen the risk factors and she offers hope and direction.
Throughout this presentation are five young people, ages seven to twenty-two, expressing common thoughts and attitudes relating to being in an addictive family system.