Thursday, May 30, 2019

What if you could help other families heal?


What if you could help other families heal as you heal through your own tragedy?
David Huntly family
We knew our son Henry was an outgoing, smart and funny 19-year-old kid. What we didn’t know was that he was struggling with both substance use and mental health issues. After being in and out of treatment, the worst possible thing that can happen to a parent happened to us. We lost Henry.

After Henry’s death, I looked for ways to keep his memory alive and ensure that other parents knew about the missing link of peer support — the link that my wife and I didn’t have when dealing with his addiction. That’s when I found the Parent Coaching program at Center on Addiction and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

As a Parent Coach, I am paired with others seeking help for their loved one struggling with substances. We provide a safe place where parents can talk with someone who has been in their shoes. Just having somebody to listen to your story and know what you’re talking about is incredibly powerful.

Join me and help ensure that Center on Addiction | Partnership for Drug-Free Kids can continue to empower families with free information, science-based resources, actionable support and free one-on-one guidance through programs like Parent Coaching.

The urgent need for even more family-focused resources means that your gift, of any amount, can help save a life. A donation of just $50 provides over an hour of one-on-one parent coaching for a parent needing assistance.

When I see a parent I am coaching actually change their behavior, enact a new strategy or a new tool we’ve discussed with their child, or something improves positively with their relationship, that’s just like a salve to my heart. Because then it’s a story of hope, and not one of tragedy.

Thank you for uniting with us as Center on Addiction | Partnership for Drug-Free Kids works to transform the way our nation addresses addiction.


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