Families and Children
Addiction is a family disease. We can help.
Designed by one of the world’s leading experts on family and addiction, Dr. Robert Ackerman, Renascent Family Care is specifically tailored to meet the distinct needs of children, parents and other family members affected by addiction.
Anyone who has been affected by another person’s drinking or drug problem is welcome to participate in Renascent Family Care.
When I was 13, my mom found recovery. She did it through Alcoholics Anonymous. I can't say that I was excited. Instead, I was keenly aware of the judgment from people around me. The stigma of having a mother struggling with alcoholism was profound. As a new teenager, the last thing I wanted to talk about was my mom's addiction or the fact that she was going to meetings.Read more
For children who grew up in addicted homes there may have been nowhere to run. The adults who they would normally have gone to for comfort and to help them understand what was scaring them were unavailable. And to make matters even worse, it may have been the adults themselves causing the fear and stress. For the child living with addiction, this becomes a double whammy.Read more
The ACOA trauma syndrome is a post-traumatic stress syndrome in which unresolved pain from childhood emerges and gets played out in our adult relationships. Pain that has gone underground re-emerges days, months, years, even decades after the fact. We leave our homes behind but we import them and what went on in them into our adult relationships.Read more
The more I began practicing new behaviours and letting go of my need to control outcomes, the more I would get these small zaps of awakening delivered in the forms of less worrying, more compassion and more self-esteem. I began to feel a deeper connection to a power in my life, sort of like the wind, I could feel it but I couldn't see it.Read more
One of the most vital prerequisites of healing and recovery, of being open to growth, is a willingness to be open to looking at anything, and everything, from a different perspective. As long as we are stuck in a rigid perspective on any issue, we are like the blind man who thinks the elephant is a snake because all he can feel is the trunk.Read more