PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP helps mothers and fathers to understand and cope with the disease of addiction
PARENT SUPPORT GROUP NJ.COM
Support & Guidance
30 years of experience to help guide and navigate you down the right path.
Free Weekly Meetings
Learn and talk about addiction through parent facilitated meetings.
Tools & Resources
Established network of treatment centers and tools to help your family.
A nonprofit program established over 30 years ago, providing peer to peer support groups for parents coping with their children's addiction to alcohol or other drugs. Parents learn that changing their attitudes and responses to the addict may help in their child's recovery. We can guide you down the right path in a safe environment.
We provide support and guidance, free weekly meetings to learn and talk about addiction, tools for coping, resources, and much more.
We have a select few in person meetings at the moment, with a larger selection on Zoom that meet every week. Please see upcoming events. Also, contact the office below for more information.
PSG (Parents Support Group) has been a total bastion of unconditional support as my husband and I have experienced the pain, terror, and yes some moments of joy from our addict son. No matter how bad or hard it has been to try different approaches to parenting and communication, I could always count on PSG to provide perspective and wisdom.
PSG has also taught me to live more in the moment, to take care of myself first (similar to putting on your own mask first while flying and then your children's) and most importantly never to give up hope. PSG's
philosophy has also helped with parenting non-addict children. At PSG meetings, everyone can relate to each other's tragedies and happiness without judgement as we go about our lives hoping and praying for the best while embracing strategies that could bring our child, us, and our extended families long term peace.
We were at complete loss when we came to this group nine years ago. Life we were living was really not “life”. This new family reassured us, unfolded the disease process and showed different choices of actions. We got courage, confidence and smile and fun back in life because of this new family with leaders like Cheryl and Stephen.
Our daughter resisted all treatments, relapsed immediately after every rehab, signed out of rehab center and was an angry, bullying person. It was hard to pull away all the support and leave her on the streets , which we did . With this she improved, but not completely. The group has talent to understand and help with any kind of addiction related issues. It is a close family where we can share our saga , get insight and compassion and direction.
The following is a collection of carefully curated articles and resources that you may find helpful as you navigate a difficult journey. We hope you will find solace in what we’ve provided. If you have comments or questions, please get in touch.
YOUR CHILD IS GOING TO TREATMENT: NOW WHAT? A GUIDE FOR PARENTS
By Jean Campbell, LCSW, TEP and Pamela C. Clark CADCII, ICADC
What can I be doing to help the other members of my family during this time? Siblings are often overlooked, and they need help too. Al-Anon, Alateen and Alatot, and other programs can be invaluable to help siblings process their experiences in a safe, supportive environment. We strongly recommend that parents get help for the siblings as well.
As a parent what can we do after treatment to prevent a return to active addiction? Recovery is unique to every individual, and it may take many years of vigilance and ongoing support to reinforce the new behaviors required to maintain continued sobriety. Recovery can be successful if the individual and the family understand the triggers that can cause a relapse and learn effective coping strategies to deal with these triggers when they arise. The truth is that because, so few family members get help to change their behavior, they go back to unconsciously enabling the recovering person. The more you as parents can do to change your behavior and set - and keep - clear boundaries, the greater your chances that the family can move forward in recovery together.
My child left school to go to treatment. Are there schools that offer recovery support? Yes. If your child is in college, there are over 140 colleges in the U.S. that have recovery support on campus where they can make new like-minded friends and engage in fun sober activities. To find a college near you go to collegiaterecovery.capacitype.com
. If your child is in high school you can find information on recovery high schools on the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS) website, recoveryschools.org.
Another national organization committed to helping young people sustain their recovery is Young People in Recovery (YPR). For more information visit youngpeopleinrecovery.org.
We wish you and your loved ones success in treatment and recovery.
Jean Campbell, LCSW, TEP is a Licensed Clinician and a Trainer/ Practitioner of Psychodrama, Psychodramatic Bodywork® and Action Intervention Training™. She specializes in addiction recovery for the entire family, as well as trauma resolution. As Director of the Action Institute of California and Moonlight Workshops, she offers workshops for individuals, couples and families and trains clinicians in using action methods in the therapeutic process.
Pamela Clark, CADC II, ICADC is an internationally and California state Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor and is a certified Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response Trainer. She works for the nonprofit Transforming Youth Recovery, where she writes articles and develops programs and training workshops that have the power to eliminate stigma and educate the public about prevention, recovery, and educational recovery supports