SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR PARENTS ABOUT THEIR TEENAGERS' DRUG USE
Free 5 week program
Thursday 8 March
5.30pm to 8pm
Where: ATODS, Lower Ground Floor, Block 6, Nambour General Hospital
Facilitated by Psychologist and Nurse
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Drug Support Program for Parents
Parents, Kids and Drugs (PKD) is a parenting and support program for parents concerned about their son's or daughter's use of alcohol or other drugs. The program is targeted at parents with a child under the age of 25.
The free five-week program provides parents with a range of skills and information to help them manage their situation in a more positive way.
Program topics include:
• Drug and alcohol information
• Adolescent development
• Process of changing behaviours
• Looking after yourself and other family members
• Relationship Building
• Communication and conflict resolution skills.
Benefits of PKD
Past evaluations of the program show that parents who participate in PKD experience a number of benefits from being involved in the program. These include:
• Being able to look at their situation in a positive way and being able to deal with their problems more effectively.
• Feeling a greater sense of control over their lives and as such, are not trying to escape from problems as much as before they completed the program.
• Looking after their needs. Parents with an adolescent who is using drugs often sacrifice their own needs, however, after completing the program parents report they feel more energetic and take part in the activities they sacrificed while focusing on their son or daughter's drug use.
• The knowledge and skills gained will enable the parents to have a positive influence on their son's or daughter's alcohol or other drug use. Previous studies have demonstrated that addressing family issues may reduce relapse rates and that effective parental coping is associated with reduced substance use in young people. Also, when parents are involved in treatment, their son or daughter is more likely to remain in treatment.