Give the gift of hope to a child coping with addiction, divorce, or emotional abuse this season. You can help a child you love begin to thrive with a new coloring book designed to reassure and empower. Just in time for the giving season.

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The Gift Of Hope

My Family Is Hurting What Can I Do, the 8 C’s coloring book for ages 5-8, was designed for children coping with a parent or sibling who is using drugs and alcohol. But those words are never mentioned at all. The vocabulary is encouraging and safe.

Where does hope come from

The three C’s recovery slogan is a simple concept that has been helping those suffering from addiction and their families for decades. National Association of Children of Addiction NACoA and the Betty Ford Children’s Program have used an expanded version, the 7 C’s, as part of their education for families and children.

The Three C’s have been the gift of hope for generations

  • I didn’t Cause it.
  • I can’t Cure it.
  • I can’t Control it.

These three crucial sentences can be applied to all family dysfunction, trauma and abuse. We created the coloring book because parents asked for it. When parents and grandparents wrote to us asking for tools they could use at home, we turned the C’s concept into 8 empowering messages for children. See inside the book

Can a simple coloring book bring hope to a suffering child?

The answer is yes. Addiction, divorce, and other traumas like physical and emotional abuse are hard enough for adults to understand. Family chaos and dysfunction can make having honest conversations difficult or impossible. Here we focus on the children and how they can be all right no matter what is happening right now.

Coloring is creative. Thinking is empowering. When children have words they need to think for themselves, ask for help and care of themselves, they can thrive.

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Children experiencing trauma are vulnerable and at risk for the same kinds of behaviors they’ve seen and experienced. What can a parent, grandparent, or foster parent do right now? Give them hope.


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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. Leslie is also the creator of Recovery Guidance, the information website for those seeking addiction and mental healthcare for professionals nationwide. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation.

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