The Satell Family Children and Teens Program at Caron
Growing up in a family with someone who has a substance use disorder puts children at greater risk of developing a substance use disorder and/or other behavioral health issues, including:
- Low-self esteem
- Poor academic performance
- Relationship problems
Caron Pennsylvania offers children the education and support they need to understand that they are not alone and that there is hope for them and their loved one. In a safe and caring environment, children begin to learn that they can trust others and that it is okay to talk about how they feel. Program leaders encourage children to understand that they didn’t cause their loved one’s substance use disorder and they aren’t responsible for curing it either.
The program also helps them to:
- Process their feelings about how substance use disorder has impacted them, their family member, and their family as a whole
- Understand treatment and recovery
- Identify a support system
- Develop healthy coping and problem-solving skills
- Make healthy choices
- Communicate effectively with their family members
Activities like crafts, team-building exercises, and recreation offer ways to learn and interact with other children in the program and program staff.
Each child’s family receives a list of resources in their hometown that can provide ongoing support and education about substance use disorder for their child.