|(Bradenton, FL)… Because of the success of the Children of Addicted Parents Education (CAPE) curriculum, Manatee Glens is actively seeking more children to participate in the program. CAPE is an evidence-based curriculum that helps the children begin to identify feelings, develop coping skills, learn about addiction, build safety plans for their home lives and ultimately enjoy a healthy recovery.
At Manatee Glens, families can rely on the most comprehensive inpatient and outpatient youth services in the region for emotional and alcohol and drug concerns.
Director of Children’s Services & Community Programs, Cathy Wilson, LMHC explained, “It’s important that we help the children understand that they are the kids and not the parents. So often they are put in the parental role because their parents or guardians are not functioning in that role.”
CAPE, coordinated through the Manatee Glens Children’s Substance Abuse program, is designed for group participation. There is accountability among the children. “Plus, the children watch out for each other,” added Wilson.
Sharon Sauls, a case manager with the Safe Children Coalition, has already referred children to the program. “The mother of one of the girls was arrested for distributing Oxy. We found out in the intake that she would allow boyfriends to physically abuse the girl. She’s been placed with an aunt; her older sister is in trouble with drugs and her brother is institutionalized. The father wants nothing to do with the girl. She was desperate for this help,” said Sauls.
Children benefit from knowing they are not alone. “Also, when the children see their parents abusing drugs or alcohol in front of them, it makes them think that’s ok and a good way to cope with your problems. CAPE shows them that drugs and alcohol are not the answer to dealing with difficulties,” explained Sauls. “I think it’s an awesome program. A lot of kids are reluctant to go to therapy, but once you get them in the door, they don’t want to stop.”
It’s easy to access care. Parents, teachers or guardians who want more information about CAPE should call 941-782-4150 for an appointment at any Manatee Glens Outpatient practice.
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