Promoting Early Relationships
Parents in recovery from substance abuse need effective, targeted parenting education programs to help them successfully bond with their young children and break the cycle of domestic violence. Parents in early recovery from substance abuse are often dealing with custody issues, high stress levels, and poor daily living skills. Our Promoting Early Relationships (PER) program helps motivate them with a strong desire to become effective parents and helps them acquire the necessary tools and techniques that form the basis of good parenting.
Bonding, nurturing, and trust are necessary for children to develop other healthy relationships throughout their life. A successful early relationship between a child and parent is fundamental and primary to the child’s social, cognitive, and emotional development. However, children of parents with substance abuse problems display higher levels of problem behavior than similarly aged children in the general population, differ in patterns of socialization, and are at greater risk for domestic violence. Research has shown that parents in treatment or recovery from substance abuse can successfully be engaged and will participate in intensive family interventions and parent skills training.
The PER curriculum was designed to assist service providers who work with parents and young children (birth to 3) to support these very important first relationships. P.E.R. is a positive, strength based, reflective approach emphasizing that what infants and toddlers need most are parents/caregivers who are nurturing, sensitive, and responsive to infant’s or toddler’s needs. PER describes the social and emotional needs of early childhood and how parents can meet those needs. The curriculum continuously focuses on the important first relationship between the parent and the infant/toddler.
“I am thankful for the chance to be a good mother, clean and sober.”