Elements Behavioral Health Offers Free Parenting Tips for Parents in Recovery at Upcoming Los Angeles Workshop

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On Nov. 13, 2011, the recovery community is invited to a free parenting workshop featuring addiction specialists Dr. David Sack and Dr. Shari Corbitt.

By building new skills now, parents have the opportunity to break the chain of addiction so we won’t see their kids at Promises 10 to 15 years from now.

Raising healthy children is a challenge for even the most resolute parent. When a parent is dependent on drugs or alcohol, or is in recovery from addiction, the task can be even more daunting.

To support recovering parents in their efforts to break the cycle of addiction, Elements Behavioral Health is hosting a free parenting workshop on November 13, 2011, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Promises intensive outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles. Titled “Three Great Things Every Recovering Parent Can Do to Raise Happy & Resilient Children,” the workshop is open to the recovery community.

Attendees will get firsthand parenting tips from two prominent experts in the field of addiction treatment: Dr. David Sack, CEO of Promises Treatment Centers, and Dr. Shari Corbitt, a Doctor of Psychology and former Vice President of Promises.

“Addiction runs in families as a result of both genetic and environmental factors. We are encouraging parents to capitalize on the strong protective factors they can use to lessen the impact of genetics and create a healthy home environment,” said Dr. Sack. “Preventing addictive behavior before it starts is far more effective than treating an addiction years in the making.”

Some of the key concepts that will be explored at the Nov. 13 workshop include:

  •     Practicing self-care and continuing to work a recovery program
  •     Having fun as a family
  •     Praising children for positive behavior rather than focusing on the negative
  •     Combating isolation by building a sense of community
  •     Accepting and validating other people’s feelings
  •     Achieving flexibility in family roles

“Parents always have been and always will be the most important influence in their children’s lives,” said Dr. Corbitt. “Our hope is that learning how to parent with flexibility, joy and community will dramatically decrease the number of teens finding friendship and self-soothing in a bottle. By building new skills now, parents have the opportunity to break the chain of addiction so we won’t see their kids at Promises 10 to 15 years from now.”

To attend this free parenting workshop, RSVP to jreed@promises.com or visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page.

About the Speakers

Dr. Sack is a highly respected addiction specialist who is board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is a sought-after media expert who has appeared on CNN, Dateline, Good Morning America and other outlets, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, the L.A. Times, Time and People, among others.

Dr. Shari Corbitt is a media expert, author and clinical psychologist with private practices in Agoura Hills and Beverly Hills. She specializes in treating the chemically dependent, eating disordered individual.

About Elements Behavioral Health

Elements Behavioral Health is a family of behavioral health care programs that includes Promises Treatment Centers, The Sexual Recovery Institute, The Ranch and The Recovery Place. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.

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