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Family Resources for Parents

Marisa's Story

Co-occurring Disorders - Treating Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Healthy Relationships Workshops

These 4 consecutive 90-minute workshops have been developed to specifically support you and provide you with helpful skills to navigate what to say, how to ask and clarify your role with your loved one. Find out more here.

Family Services Orientation: Your first step in family support

This family program is intended to support anyone (families, parents, spouses/partners, friends or support persons) that know someone that struggles with addition and mental health. 

Available in English and Español. Also available for Native Americans.

On-Site Immersive Family Workshop

This program is a valuable connection and skill-building experience, on-site at:

Plymouth, Minnesota

Center City, Minnesota

Rancho Mirage, California

Recommended Books

Recovering My Kid
Parenting Young Adults in Treatment and Beyond
Joseph Lee, M.D. 

National expert Dr. Joseph Lee explains the nature of youth addiction and treatment, and how families can create a safe and supportive environment for their loved ones during treatment and throughout their recovery.

Get Your Loved One Sober
Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening
Dr. Robert Meyers and Dr. Brenda Wolfe

Co-author Dr. Robert Meyers spent ten years developing a treatment program that helps Concerned Significant Others (CSOs) both improve the quality of their lives and to learn how to make treatment an attractive option for their partners who are substance abusers.

The Parent’s 20 Minute Guide
A Guide for Parents about How to Help Their Children Change Their Substance Use
The Center for Motivation and Change

The 20 Minute Guide pulls from Motivational Interviewing (MI), CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to give family members the best tools to help a loved one change their substance use while staying connected and using the power of science and kindness.

Beyond Addiction
How Science and Kindness Help People Change
Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens, Nicole Kosanke, and Stephanie Higgs

Goes beyond the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help someone change.

Addict in the Family
Beverly Conyers

Provides parents and other family members faced with the reality of a loved one's addiction with solid, actionable advice and information about what helps and what doesn't—and how to care for themselves.

Tending Dandelions
Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children
Sandra Swenson

By sharing the realities we never expected our families to face, mothers of addicted children support each other through experiences that can only be feared and imagined by others. From our shared struggles emerge opportunities for personal growth. Tending Dandelions is a vital source of wisdom, support, and strength that helps us begin our own journey of recovery.

Why Don’t They JUST QUIT?
Joe Herzanek

Watching a loved one immersed in an intense battle with alcohol and drug abuse may be the most difficult, complex and harrowing experience you'll ever have. This book offers a message of hope to families and friends, giving practical solutions so they can help anyone struggling with addiction to begin the road to recovery.

At Wit’s End
What You Need to Know When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness
Jeff Jay and Jerry Boriskin

Families at wit's end about a loved one's co-occurring psychiatric and addictive problems will find vital information—and inspiration— in this important guide. As the authors explain, when psychiatric and addictive disorders travel together, they cause confusion among family members and even misdiagnoses for patients.

Parents to PhDs
Cathy Taughinbaugh

Includes 28 interviews with people who share heartache, wisdom, and healing from first-hand experience with substance use disorder.

BALM Book - The Loving Path to Family Recovery - Download Chapter 1

Find some of these books (and many more!) at the Hazelden Betty Ford Book Store.

Find Hazelden Betty Ford resources on our page.

Empowering Recovery and Well-Being for All

Find dozens of helpful videos on every aspect of recovery on the Hazelden Betty Ford YouTube channel.

A Mother's Vow

When Joseline Castaños’s daughter was hospitalized for a suicide attempt, she vowed to fight for her and find the right care.

Substance Use Disorders

Understanding the science behind substance use disorders and the recovery process, with a brief overview of co-occurring disorders.

Groups for Parental Support

Caring Families Chat Meeting - Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. Central - Chat Rooms

Virtual Family Support Group - Tuesdays
4:30-6 p.m. Central. Find link here: Virtual Family Support Group - Hazelden

Virtual Family Support Group - Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m. Central. Find link here: Virtual Family Support Group - Hazelden

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers outpatient mental health services for family members in many states. In Minnesota, these groups include Recovery Relationships and Families Affected by Addiction (FABA). Find more at: Mental Health Services | Hazelden Betty Ford

Support for Families of Addicts | Family Program | Hazelden Betty Ford

Healthy Relationships Program - Hazelden

Find an Al-Anon Electronic Meeting

Al-Anon Family Groups

Families Anonymous

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones | Support Group for Parents, Spouses, Family of Addicted Loved One (

Twelve Step Alumni Meetings - Hazelden Betty Ford Chapter Meetings

Additional Resource

In a Father's Voice: Love the Kid, Hate the Disease - Addiction Lessons for Parents (30-Minute Crash Course)

Donate to Help Other Families

Your donation will help another family be better able to support a loved one in recovery. Click here to donate today.

Family Coaching

Family Coaching will support you in rebuilding trust with your loved one and your family as you heal from the damaging effects that substance use can have on the family. Click here to learn more.

Find a Sober Coach

Convenient and confidential, Hazelden Betty Ford's Connection program helps you navigate early recovery with personalized recovery coaching.You can also receive monitoring and accountability reports, as well as random drug testing.


ShatterProof - Just Five
Delivers the most important concepts and facts regarding addiction in just five minutes.

Pleasure Unwoven - Dr. Kevin McCauley
Uses the spectacular landscape of Utah’s State and National Parks to describe the brain areas involved in addiction, turns complex neuroscientific concepts into easy-to-understand visual images that will help people in recovery feel better understood, and their families and friends feel hope that recovery is possible.


Episode: The Journey Back to Self
How to Feel Okay Despite a Loved One's Addiction

Author Beverly Conyers offers advice for parents and loved ones in this hopeful conversation with William C. Moyers on the Let's Talk Addiction & Recovery Podcast.

Let's Talk Addiction & Recovery Podcast
Hear what leading addiction and recovery experts are talking about—addiction trends, topics and challenges as well as research, practices and advances that point the most promising way forward.

My Child & Addiction Podcast
Conceived and developed by three fathers whose children are addicts. Joined by several other parent support group participants, their hope is that by sharing their stories other parents and family members are offered a little encouragement and heartfelt support as we all travel this most challenging journey together. You are not alone.

The Embrace Family Recovery Podcast
If you have ever wanted to know about addiction from the family’s perspective — the good, the bad and the ugly — look no further. Margaret Swift Thompson is a family addiction specialist with 20+ years of experience working at Hazelden Betty Ford.

The Mom Enough Podcast
Dr. Marti Erickson, developmental psychologist and her daughter Dr. Erin Erickson, women's health nurse practitioner and specialist in maternal-child health, use research-based informationlind a few personal confessions as they and their guests discuss what it means to be "mom enough."

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