Many children who grow up with addiction in their family feel responsible for their family member’s substance use disorder. They often say things like “If I didn’t laugh so loud or didn’t fight with my siblings, my mom or dad wouldn’t use drugs or alcohol.”
The first half of the 7 C’s stress that children are not responsible for the family member’s substance use or misuse. The remaining 7 C’s focus on healthy coping skills such communicating feelings and the importance of self-care. These are important messages that are woven into the activities at each Camp Mariposa weekend.
Each child who attends Camp Mariposa receives a lanyard with a laminated copy of the 7 C’s card. Children refer to the card throughout the camp weekend. Many children also receive a laminated copy of the card to take home and use as a reminder in between camp weekends. If you know a child who lives with a family member who struggles with a substance use disorder, you can print out the attached 7 C’s card and share it with them.
I didn't CAUSE it
I can't CONTROL it
I can't CURE it
I can take CARE of myself
By COMMUNICATING my feelings
making good CHOICES and
Unfortunately, no matter what you do to help your kids grow up alcohol and drug-free and avoid getting into trouble with alcohol or drugs, one day you may find that your son or daughter is in trouble.