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Parents of Addicted Children Come Together


What is PACCT?

A group of 8-12 parents that meets once a week for two hours over the course of 4 weeks.

During each session, education on various topics is covered followed by group discussion and processing, with an emphasis on self-care and personal well-being.

Topics covered include

  • Substance abuse, addiction, recovery, and relapse
  • Impacts on the family
  • Healthy and effective coping skills
  • How to recognize and reduce enabling behaviors
  • Steps to take in the home to encourage sobriety
  • Treatment options
  • Local services available 

Is PACCT for me?

  • Regardless of your child’s age or residence, any parent struggling with the substance abuse of their child is welcome.
  • Whether you suspect your child is abusing substances or you know your child has an addiction, you are welcome.

How do I sign up?

  • Call 814-234-8222 to learn when the next program starts and to get in touch with the group facilitators.
  • A group facilitator will contact you to  determine if PACCT will meet your needs.
  • A fee of $75 ($100 per couple) will be due one week before your group starts. 
  • New groups will start on a monthly basis.

Development of PACCT

Part of Community Help Centre’s mission has always been to provide emotional support and information regarding substance abuse to the people living with the problem as well as the families affected by it.

Recognizing the need in this community for a program that specifically addresses the challenges faced by parents of children with substance abuse issues, PACCT was created.

Guided by Community Help Centre’s trained facilitators, group members help each other problem solve and find ways to potentially intervene and break the cycle of addiction.