We have been right where you are.

The Family Recovery Course (FRC) is a three-part series of peer-led interactive educational trainings for parents or guardians whose child, at any stage of life, has struggled with addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Part 1 – Addiction 101:  Exploring this complex disease.

Part 2 – Family Foundations:  Understanding the family disease of addiction.

Part 3 – Family Recovery:  Building a recovery plan for life.

Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 12 participants in each course.

Each course is led by two trained instructors who have personal experience with an addicted family member.

The FRC was developed in collaboration with licensed clinicians currently working in the fields of addiction treatment and behavioral health.

There is no charge to participate in the Family Recovery Course.


Be a Part of the Conversation programs do not provide behavioral health advice and are for informational purposes only. Our programs are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding substance use disorders or related family needs. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen in any Be a Part of the Conversation program or video.

Is the Family Recovery Course the right fit for you?

• Do you have a child (any age, and regardless of where they are living) who has a serious problem with drugs and/or alcohol?
• Has worrying about their safety, their behaviors and their future been overwhelming?
• Do you want to gain knowledge and understanding about why your child uses substances and how this has impacted you and your family?
• Is learning about tools that build healthier relationships important to you?
• Do you want to stop the chaos and reclaim your family?
• Is healing and recovery important to you and your family’s future?

You do not have to identify with all the above, but if you can relate to some of these experiences, this course is right for you.

The Family Recovery Course is presented by Be a Part of the Conversation.

Goals for the Course

• Understand how and why our loved ones have become addicted.

• Gain insight into what has or is happening to my child.

• Gain insight into what has or is happening to me and my family.

• Learn how we can heal as a family.

• Understand why healing and recovering for life is important for me and my family’s future.

The Community Partners listed below support the Family Recovery Course
YOU can support the Family Recovery Course by donating!

Sponsor a family!

A suggested donation of $100 will allow more individuals to benefit from the Family Recovery Course. Any amount is welcome, but please do not let a donation keep you from registering.

Be a Part of the Conversation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on contributions from individuals, foundations, municipalities and corporations. EIN# 47-1233578

🗓 Find an upcoming Family Recovery Course

Three-part courses are posted on the date of the first part. Click on the post to see dates for all three parts.

Please note: A maximum of 12 participants can register for each 3-part course. Additional courses will be added, so please check for updates.

💻 Online Family Recovery Course (Part 1)

Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 9:00 am - 11:30 am

💻 Online Family Recovery Course (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

🙋 In Person Family Recovery Course (Part 1)

Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

🙋 In Person Family Recovery Course (Part 1)

Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Visit our full Calendar to find all upcoming Be a Part of the Conversation programs.

Anonymous feedback from Family Recovery Course participants:

“These 3 meetings have changed the trajectory of my new life as the parent of an addict.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this. Presenters were knowledgeable and could relate because they have lived it.”

“I can take actions that will increase the chance that my family member with SUD will choose to enter and stay in recovery.”

“I am very happy I signed up for this course. It really taught me about what my son is going through, that my feelings as a parent that I am having are normal and gave me tools and much better understanding.”

Meet Our Instructors

Carl Bader

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Sharon Bader

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Sue Crathern

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Carmine D’Uva

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Laura D’Uva, CFRS

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Kim Porter, CFRS

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Bill Roberts

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Pam Roberts

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Marijayne Wenk, CFRS

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Meet Our Clinical Advisor

Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW

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Meet the FRC Coordinator

Bob Lamb, MPH

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Meet the Be a Part of the Conversation Team

Meet Our Team

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Thank you to the following Community Partners for supporting the Family Recovery Course!

Scholarships & Subsidies

The Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission

The Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services

The Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services

Development & Administrative Support