The Peaceful Family Solutions Children’s Program seeks to help children of addicts heal and break the cycle of addiction, using proven engagement strategies that teach children to play their way to understanding and health. During the process, they build upon their strengths, find commonality with their peers, deepen their resilience, and further their intrinsic beauty and worth.
The program rests on four basic corner stones.
- Children deserve the right to their own recovery and healing
- Children deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, value, and worth
- Children deserve to be listened to and heard
- Children deserve the opportunity to be kids
Upcoming Children’s Programs
- September 14 – 17
- September 21 – 24
- October 5 – 8
- October 19 – 22
(Dates are subject to change. Please give us a call to enroll your child/ren).
Messages We Support
- You’re not alone; there are lots of kids living in families like yours; one out of every four children
- It is not your fault
- You deserve help and there is help for you
- It is important to appropriately express your feelings, including anger, and you can learn how to do that.
- It is ok to share your feelings with safe people
- Addiction is a disease
- Everyone in the family gets hurt by addiction
- Recovery can take a long time: stopping the drinking or drug use is just the beginning
- Day 1: Addiction: Not My Fault
- Day 2: A Feelings Disease: It’s OK to Share My Feelings
- Day 3: The Heart of Recovery: Taking Care of Me
- Day 4: Changing the Family Legacy: Celebrating You and Me
During the Summer, the program runs from Wednesday – Saturday. During the Spring and Fall, the program runs from Thursday – Sunday.
Addiction: Not My Fault
8 AM – 3:30 PM
After creating a safe, supportive environment, children learn basic facts and information about the disease of alcoholism and other drug addiction. Through a variety of interactive games and play they come to understand key concepts such as loss of control, addiction, relapse, treatment, and recovery. Most importantly children begin to realize that a loved one’s addiction is not their fault.
A Feelings Disease: It’s OK to Share My Feelings
9 AM – 3:15 PM
Armed with accurate age-appropriate information about addiction, youngsters begin to examine the impact this disease has had upon them by talking about it and sharing feelings. Children deepen their skills in identifying and expressing their feelings in balanced ways and breaking the “no talk” rule so prevalent in addicted families. Through writing stories, artwork, or composing letters to “Dear Addiction”, children prepare to share with their caregivers on day three.
The Heart of Recovery: Taking Care of Me
9 AM – 2:20 PM (caregivers participate)
Children learn a variety of ways to take good care of themselves and stay safe. In a structured format with their caregivers, youngsters share art, stories or letters so they can express their feelings about how addiction has affected and impacted them. Children come to understand that it’s okay to ask for help and there are safe people and places to go for help.
Changing the Family Legacy: Celebrating You and Me
9 AM – 1:30 PM (caregivers participate)
Children and caregivers participate together for the majority of the day. They share what they like and love about each other, plans to take good care of themselves, and ways the family can grow together. Both children and caregivers talk, trust and feel in a brand new way.
Children’s Reunion Group
Peaceful Family Solutions (PFS) provides an on-going continuing care group for the children who participate and complete the PFS Children’s Programming. The Programming allows the children to continue to reunite on a weekly basis. The children continue to learn new coping skills, how to express his or her feelings, ways to stay safe, and the importance of “Being a Kid!”
The program occurs every other Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. The children are provided dinner and play games at Chuck E Cheese after 30 minutes of learning.
Weekly Reunion Groups
- Location: St. Luke’s Methodist Church
- Address: 222 NW 15th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73103
- Time: Mondays, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Dinner is provided and groups will be provided for both adults and children who have participated within PFS Children’s Programming. Transportation provided if needed. Please RSVP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 405-601-2691.