Family Resources for Professionals

User’s Guide for Treatment Providers

In collaboration with Caron Treatment Centers

This user’s guide (PDF) was created for professionals to simplify using the “Love the Kid, Hate the Disease” website as unique and informative content that helps educate and support clients and their families. It is based on twelve gritty, relatable, and highly personal short stories about a teenager’s deep struggle with addiction, and the lessons learned by his father during his difficult journey supporting the recovery process. As Caron Treatment Centers and other providers found, this guide can help prompt important dialogue and insights and provide hope to clients and their families.

One-pager to Share with Client Families

This one-pager (PDF) was created for professionals to share with clients and their families about the “Love the Kid, Hate the Disease” website. It highlights the most important things that families will learn such as hope, the science of addiction, parental tools to promote healthy behaviors, the recovery process – Stages of Change, and common traps such as lying, manipulating and playing parents off each other. The one-pager is meant to introduce the website to families and promote its use.

These resources are used and promoted by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Caron Treatment Centers and other highly-respected treatment providers. They are free resources with no sponsors or economic interests to anyone.


Incredibly powerful and valuable. Truly. You’ve captured so many realities and truths herein. It is likely to inform and empower parents and family members to make a difference and give them hope in tough times.

John F. Kelly, PhD., ABPP
Harvard Medical School’s first endowed professor of Addiction Medicine

I am an expert in addiction. I’ve been cited and given awards many times. But I had no idea what to do when my own sons became addicted. I wish I had had your short stories and I hope every parent reads this even before their kid develops a problem. On behalf of other parents and the Addiction field, thank you so much for putting this down so succinctly.

Thomas McLellan, PhD
Senior Editor for the 2016 US Surgeon General report on Facing Addiction, former Science Advisor and Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Life Achievement Awards - American and British Societies of Addiction Medicine.