Healing Children Ages 7-12 Affected by Drug and Alcohol Addictions Children are usually the first hurt and the last helped when a family is hit with addiction. Involving parents and other caregivers in the recovery process for their children creates the best possible opportunity for healing for the whole family. With this in mind, the Five Star Kids program was launched in Texas in 1998 with the enthusiastic support of a group of Betty Ford Center alumni. The three-day program has been offered throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas metroplex in both community and school settings. Home base for the Five Star Kids program is Irving, Texas (Las Colinas). We believe in strong partnerships and work with numerous alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs, agencies and professional organizations to help create a network of support for children who love someone with alcohol or drug addiction. Children's Program Overview Day One: The Disease of Addiction: I'm Not to Blame In our safe, supportive environment, children learn basic facts about the disease of alcoholism and other drug addiction. Through a variety of interactive games and play, they come to understand key concepts such as: Loss of control Addiction as a disease Relapse Treatment Recovery Most importantly, children begin to realize they are not to blame for a loved one's addiction. Day Two: Talking about Addiction: It's Okay to Share My Feelings Through interactive games and activities, children learn that family addiction is not their fault. They also come to realize it's not up to them to stop the problems in their families. Through story writing, composing letters to “Dear Addiction,” and creating artwork, children practice new ways to express their feelings. Instead of taking on adult responsibilities, children learn the importance of just being a kid, making healthy choices, and celebrating themselves. Day Three: The Heart of Recovery: Taking Care of Me Children learn a variety of ways to take good care of themselves and stay safe. In a structured format with their parents, children share art, stories or letters so they can express their feelings about how addiction has affected them. Children come to understand that it's okay to ask for help and there are safe people and places to help them. What Happens After the Program? Children "graduate" with their own personal "self-care" plan for getting through tough times ahead. Children's Program staff members are also available as an ongoing resource to parents/caregivers who may need additional referrals and guidance. Read more FAQs about the Betty Ford Center Children's Program. Meet Beamer, the Children's Program Mascot Plus view more videos about the Children's Program and hear stories of recovery and hope.