Being There for Families Addiction is called "a family disease" for good reason. Families are in pain. By the time most families reach out for help, the disease has progressed to a crisis level. Families feel traumatized and overwhelmed; they've been lied to and betrayed. There are arguments and confrontations, slamming doors, and sleepless nights. Often, there's more serious trouble such as an accident, a lost job, or arrest. Families need help in their own right. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s educational and support programs help family members learn about the disease of addiction and how you've all been affected. With care and support, your family can work through the chaos you've experienced, understand how to set healthy boundaries, and begin to rebuild a trusting relationship with your loved one. Being There for Kids Knowing that the disease of addiction can be passed from one generation to the next, our Children's Program educates and supports boys and girls who grow up with addiction in their home. When addiction is in the picture, the one place children should feel safe and protected—home—becomes a place of unpredictable behavior, conflict and broken promises. Our Children's Program becomes a place for healing. Girls and boys learn about the disease and impact of addiction in ways that allow them to still be kids. In our supportive environment with fun recreational activities, kids feel safe enough to express their feelings about the disease. We help children make sense of those feelings and realize that they are not to blame for their loved one's struggles with addiction. As importantly, we help children develop prevention, coping and healthy living skills by build on their strengths and intrinsic worth. For the child, these skills provide the opportunity to alter the family cycle of addiction. For parents or guardians recovering from addiction to alcohol or other drugs, this program is an opportunity to share the gift of sobriety with their children.