If you are reading this, you are likely a very concerned parent, or other care giver, who is looking for guidance about how to help your loved one who is using substances.
While expert advice can and should be an important part of you seeking help for your loved one struggling with substance use, it can be life-changing to talk with someone who has been in your shoes.
CAA Coaching is a peer-to-peer program, by which a parent seeking help and perspective on their child’s substance use issues is paired with a CAA peer to peer coach, who has also traveled the path of dealing with a child’s substance use. By speaking with someone who has been there and walked in their shoes, parents can learn how to stay connected to their loved one and get the support and encouragement they need and deserve.
Many families and parents have gone through, and are going through, what you are facing right now. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling or other caregiver — our coaches are here for you and anyone else playing a supportive role in the life of a person struggling with drug or alcohol use.
CAA Coaches will listen to your story that often accompany a loved one’s substance use. We provide support and guidance to families struggling with their son’s, daughter’s, and loved one’s substance use.
Whether it’s questions about how to file Casey’s Law, locating a family support group, prevention strategies, how to be trained in naloxone, to understanding treatment options, understanding the addicted brain, or guidance in how to navigate the system, you can connect with someone who will listen, and answer questions. And if needed, help you create an action plan.
All communications are confidential, and coaching is provided free of charge, except for any messaging or data rates accrued via text message.
Keep in mind for any emergencies you should always dial 911.
What will we talk about?
It depends on your situation and what you want to cover in your conversation. Some parents simply want someone to listen to their story without judging them. Some parents are looking for new ways to communicate and tips on how to better get through to their child. Some parents want to work on a plan of action to tackle a specific circumstance. There are no one-size fits all and every family is different, so these conversations will be different and will depend on what you need.
I’ve called “free” numbers and they’ve all tried to sell me treatment. How are you different?
If you’ve searched online for help or treatment for your loved one, you’ve likely encountered what are advertised as free treatment referral services — which are frequently affiliated with private, for-profit treatment providers. Unfortunately, many of these provide families with untrustworthy treatment information at a time when they need the most help. CAA is a nonprofit organization, and our coaching is made available for the sole purpose of helping you find the best solutions for your child and your family. We have no connection or allegiance to any treatment provider.
Will you help me find treatment for my son or daughter?
We will absolutely help empower you to find the right type of treatment for your son or daughter’s situation. We are not affiliated with any treatment provider. What we can do, is direct you to trusted treatment center locators and resources lists.
What if I want to talk to someone who personally has been in a situation like mine — like another parent whose child has struggled with substance use?
CAA Coaches are made of up people who have personally been impacted by addiction or substance use, meaning you will be connected to a person who has been there.
If you are experiencing any of the following, a CAA Crisis Coach is here to help:
During an actual crisis this means placing Coaches in the person’s or family’s life to assist the family to a point of stability. Our Crisis Coaches will put people around them that can guide families on next steps, which may include:
Relationships are the key to people succeeding once they are out in the real world again. Oftentimes, one caring adult can make the difference between recovery or relapse.
Everyone touched by addiction needs a plan, plus someone to help them navigate the plan. A CAA Crisis Coach will help develop a customized plan and assist the person in recovery and their family with finding housing, a job, transportation, support groups, churches, and licensed counselors.