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For Parents in Recovery

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Chinese proverb

If you are in recovery, you have taken the first steps on a journey that will last the rest of your life. Congratulations on all you have done so far. Many people in recovery say that learning to relate with their children and teens differently than when they were drinking or using is the hardest part of the journey. But we also think that with the right supports, it can be one of the most rewarding.

As you work toward understanding your children and improving your relationships with them, it is very helpful to be connected with supportive people who can offer encouragement and a safe place to talk. Most persons in recovery find that they need this kind of support to maintain sobriety and/or continue to make progress on other recovery-related goals.

We strongly recommend that you connect with some sort of counseling and/or support group, whether through AA or NA, through Parents Anonymous, through your local or state office of alcoholism and substance abuse, through community agencies offering services to recovering parents and their children, or through a faith-based recovery ministry. Sharing your experiences, strength, and hope with others and benefiting from theirs strengthens and sustains recovery efforts.