family recovery course, educating families about addiction

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.

From A. Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW, the Co-Founder & Chief Clinical Officer of Ethos Treatment, LLC, and Be a Part of the Conversation’s Clinical Advisor

“The Family Recovery Course is a vital resource for families impacted by addiction. There is tremendous therapeutic benefit when parents learn in a safe environment surrounded by others with shared experience. The peer-led FRC provides that trusted space in which families can heal. 

“When parents take the Family Recovery Course, join a Parent Partnership meeting, or attend a Be a Part of the Conversation community program, they cultivate a community of support, understanding, and connection to a wealth of resources.”


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 struggled with drugs and/or alcohol use?
• 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.

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.

what does recovery mean for my family

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)

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

💻 Online Family Recovery Course (Part 1)

Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Sharon Bader

Gail Campbell

Sue Crathern

Tom Duggan

Carmine D’Uva

Laura D’Uva, CFRS

Judy Hirsh, JD, CFRS

Chris King

Connie Lacon

Kim Porter, CFRS

Lori Quintavalle

Bill Roberts

Pam Roberts

Jenn Wagner

Matt Wagner

Marijayne Wenk, CFRS

Joyce Williams

Jim Young

Meet Our Clinical Advisor

Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW

Meet the FRC Coordinator

Meet the Be a Part of the Conversation Team

Learn about Parent Partnership:

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

Scholarships & Subsidies

The Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission

Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services

The Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services

Development & Administrative Support