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What We Do Each Day

Five Star Kids is offered in a three-day format, Thursday through Saturday, from 10:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. each day. School excuses are provided for attendees during the school year.  Parents/caregivers participate in program activities for the first hour on the first day and all day the third day. Groups are held at the Betty Ford Center Five Star Kids office in Irving, TX, as well as other community sites in the metroplex. Please call the Betty Ford Center Five Star Kids at (972)751-0363 or toll-free (888)828-8682 for more details.

Day 1: The Disease of Addiction and It is Okay to Share My Feelings
Day 2: It's Not Up to Me: I Didn't Cause It and I Can't Control It
Day 3: The Heart of Recovery: Taking Care of Me

 

Day 1: The Disease of Addiction and It is Okay to Share My Feelings

After creating a safe, supportive environment, children learn basic facts about the disease of alcoholism and other drug dependency. Armed with accurate, age-appropriate information about addiction, youngsters begin to examine the impact this disease has had upon them by talking about it and sharing feelings. Children deepen their skills in identifying and expressing their feelings and breaking the “no talk” rule so prevalent in addicted families. For the first time, many children recognize they are not the only ones suffering from this family problem.

 

Day 2: It's Not Up to Me: I Didn't Cause It and I Can't Control It

Through interactive games and activities children learn that family addiction is not their fault. They also come to realize it's not up to them to stop the problems in their families. Through writing stories, composing letters to “Dear Addiction,” and creating artwork, children practice new ways to express themselves and positively cope. Children learn that instead of taking on adult responsibilities, it is important to just be a kid, make healthy choices and to celebrate themselves.

 

Day 3: The Heart of Recovery: Taking Care of Me

Children learn a variety of ways to help take good care of themselves and stay safe. Children come to understand that it's okay to ask for help and identify safe people and places. Children are also given the choice to share how addiction has affected them with their parents or caretakers if they would like to. At the end of the program, children participate in graduation and receive a certificate, a special book and other gifts to help them remember the major messages of the program.