Facing Addiction as a Family

Learn how Hazelden Betty Ford's programs and resources for families can help you and your loved ones find healing from addiction, together.
Mother and child
I learned that addiction is an illness that affects everyone in the family, and it affects how we interact with one another.

Juanita V.
Family Program Participant

Help and Support for Your Family

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. There are arguments and confrontations, slamming doors, and sleepless nights. Addiction often brings more serious trouble such as an accident, a lost job, or arrest.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s family programs and resources are designed to help you and your loved ones learn about the disease of addiction and understand the impact on your interactions, relationships and well-being. Our programs and services equip and empower you and your family members to work through the chaos you've experienced, understand how to set healthy boundaries, and rebuild trusting relationships.

Specialized Help and Support for Children

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.

The Children's Program at Hazelden Betty Ford educates and supports kids who grow up with addiction in their home. Designed for children ages 7-12, the program teaches kids about the disease of addiction and its impact in developmentally appropriate ways. One of the biggest lessons for children is realizing that they are not responsible in any way for the stress and chaos in their home that is caused by addiction. Our program also helps children develop prevention, coping and healthy living skills that build on their strengths and intrinsic worth.

Digital Resources for Families

Learn more about the disease of addiction , risk factors and symptoms, and recovery resources at Shatterproof™ Just Five.

Listen to our latest podcasts from leading experts at Hazelden Betty Ford on addiction and mental health topics related to youth, families and more.  

Three Books for Family Members

It Takes a Family 
Learn how your family can build a circle of support for one another.

Addict in the Family 
Family members share lessons on healthy boundaries, communication and self-care.

Recovering My Kid
Create a supportive, healing environment for your recovering child and your whole family.

Harnessing science, love and the wisdom of lived experience, we are a force of healing and hope ​​​​​​​for families and communities affected by substance use and mental health conditions.