Bounce Back Children’s Program

The Bounce Back program at Edgewood is for children who have one or more parent with a substance use disorder or behavioural addiction.

  • Bounce Back is a three-day program.
  • Bounce Back is primarily designed for children ages 7 to 12, but can accommodate older or younger children, depending on their suitability.
  • Children do not need to have a parent in treatment at Edgewood to enrol in Bounce Back.

Please call us for more information or to enrol your child at 1-800-683-0111.

How Bounce Back Helps Children

Since healing begins with trust, Bounce Back groups children with age-matched peers to create a safe and supportive environment. This allows children to freely express and explore their feelings. Children share and learn in a fun environment with activities including role-play, videos, books, art projects, and group discussions.

Our experienced, professional program facilitators recognize the special problems and needs of children in families with addiction. Our priority is to help children develop the skills and knowledge that they will need to overcome their challenges.

The Bounce Back Program aims to help children achieve the following goals:

  • Understand addiction and accept that their parents’ behaviours are not their fault
  • Understand how addiction affects their family dynamic
  • Develop positive self-concepts and feelings about themselves
  • Learn to recognize and cope with their feelings and challenges in constructive ways
  • Learn how to get help, stay safe, and have fun

What Children Are Saying About Bounce Back

“Thank you for helping me understand addiction—you don’t know how much I appreciate it. Bounce Back is the best!”

“Before I came to Bounce Back, I felt I was the only person who had a parent with addiction.”

“Bounce Back taught me that if you talk to someone about how you feel, you feel better.”

“I am not alone… there are other kids with the same problem as me.”

Breaking the Cycle

When a family member has a substance use disorder or a behavioural addiction, daily life often involves coping with difficult situations and uncomfortable feelings. When the primary focus of the other family members is on the behaviour of a parent with an addiction, the children’s need for love, support, and emotional nurturing are often neglected.

When there is trouble at home, most adults don’t like to admit it. Learning from their parents, children also often deny that they have a problem—they learn to avoid speaking, or thinking, about the turmoil in their family. Without a way to talk about their conflicted feelings, children often internalize them, resulting in guilt, anxiety, confusion, anger, and depression.

Families are interconnected systems, and addiction often passes from one generation to the next. Children who identify strongly with the role that they take on within their family will often, as adults, repeat patterns of behaviour that reproduce the family dynamic that they experienced during childhood.

If a parent’s addiction goes unaddressed, their children may go on to recreate the family dynamic in their adult lives, thus perpetuating the cycle. But, with the professional help, children can develop the skills and knowledge to break free.

Facts and Figures

  • 25% of children whose parents have alcohol use disorders develop alcohol use disorders themselves as adults.
  • 19% of children whose parents have alcohol use disorders have skipped school at least once.
  • 30% of children whose parents have an addiction have been suspended from school at least once.
  • 53% of adolescent runaways report having a parent with an alcohol use disorder.
  • 72% of child welfare professionals cite substance use disorders as a cause of child maltreatment.

Did You Know?

  • Children of parents with addictions have depression and depressive symptoms more frequently.
  • Children of parents with alcohol use disorders have higher rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).
  • Children of parents with alcohol use disorders have more problems in school and with the law.
  • Two-thirds of domestic violence cases involve an adult with an alcohol use disorder.

We Can Help Your Children

The Bounce Back program at Edgewood is for children who have one or more parent with a substance use disorder or behavioural addiction.

  • Bounce Back is a three-day program.
  • Bounce Back is primarily designed for children ages 7 to 12, but can accommodate older or younger children, depending on their suitability.
  • Children do not need to have a parent in treatment at Edgewood to enrol in Bounce Back.

Please call us for more information or to enrol your child at 1-800-683-0111.