Testimonial: (Anonymous)

My daughter has been participating in the Riley Foundation program for about 2 years. As a recovering alcoholic I've chosen to be very transparent about my addiction with her. That's one of the reasons I was attracted to the Riley Foundation as an organization. It's a safe place where parents get to discuss addiction with their kids, from their child's perspective. My daughter came home from school the other day and told me about a friend she made at school. Through the typical "getting to know you" conversation, this girl confided in my daughter that she was living temporarily at an aunt and uncle's house because her parents have addiction issues. My daughter quickly replied with, "Me too!" And relayed her own experience staying with her grandma while I received inpatient treatment. It was a simple interaction with a powerful impact. Because my daughter has learned not to be ashamed of having a loved one with the disease of addiction, she was able to let another child know that they were not alone. It warms my heart knowing my daughter could be a source of support for another kid in her school.

One of my favorite things about being involved with the Riley Foundation is watching the way these kids so readily reach out to one another. So much of the recovery process is hard and painful. These are necessary processes for healing. But so is fun, joy, and friendship. The Riley Foundation is really about celebrating families through the recovery process! I am so grateful we get to be a part of that!

Testimonial: B.H.

I entered recovery about 3 years ago, completely paralyzed in fear. I felt like I was waking up from a coma, waking up with three kids to take care of and barely any life skills to do it. I had relied on drugs for so long and so completely to get me through parenting that without them I felt completely paralyzed.

Slowly one step at a time I began my journey in recovery. I learned many things that helped me to be a better more capable mom, and also to help me to heal. My kids weren’t really directly involved in my recovery program, and I wanted to help them to heal as well, but I didn’t know how. Then I was introduced to Riley through a close friend. Through attending Riley's activities I became more aware and started to learn life skills in areas I didn't even know I had lacked. I started to become more connected and aware of my kids needs.

Riley’s been a safe place for my kids and I to go, have some fun and bond, while also learning how to be a family together. We've learned to talk openly about my disease and recovery and about the disease of addiction in general. My kids have been able to express themselves and talk about some of the things they went through and begin their journey healing from my disease as well.

There's less shame and fear around it anymore, recovery has become our greatest asset as a family and Riley helped lead us to that mindset. We have all been able to heal and grow while being a part of Riley. I’m grateful I found riley, there really is no other program like it.