Don’t Talk…Don’t Trust…Don’t Feel: Growing up in an Addicted Family

Explores the dynamics of growing up in a home where one of the primary caregivers is abusing substances or is addicted. Looks at roles children take on to meet their needs and bring balance to their family. Examines ways to engage families in case planning that will contribute to preserving and strengthening the family unit, and may include referral for substance abuse treatment.


Adger, H., Black, C., et al. Abbott, S., ed. Children of Alcoholics: Selected Readings (Vol. 2), Rockville, MD: NACoA, 2000.

Black, C. It Will Never Happen to Me. Bainbridge Island, WA: MAC Publishing, 1981 Telephone 1-800-698-0148.

Moe, J. Discovery…Finding the Buried Treasure: A Prevention/Intervention Program for Youth from High Stress Families. Tucson, Arizona: STEM Publications, 1993.

Moe, J. Kids’ Power Too: Words to Grow By. Dallas, TX: ImaginWorks, 1996. This is a daily affirmation book designed to help children meet their challenges in healthy ways. Available through Jerry Moe at the Betty Ford Center at 1-800-854-9211 ext. 4103.

Moe, J. The Children’s Place . . . At the Heart of Recovery. Petaluma, CA: Acid Test Productions, 1998. This book, featuring the art and letters of young children from alcoholic families, celebrates the healing journey for kids.

Lowery, Owen: An Alternative to Slitting Your Wrist. Ostef Lowsen Documentary, 2007. This video is available at:

Tenth Special Report to the U.S. Congress on Alcohol and Health (June, 2000, NIAAA)BK51.8.

Children of Alcoholics Foundation

US Department of Health and Human Services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Association for Children of Alcholics

Iowa Al-anon