Families Facing the Future
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Families Facing the Future: Outcomes
We compared parents and children who were in the program with those who were not one year and two years after the intervention. Parents involved in the program:
Analysis of data 24 months following the intervention reveals lower rates of problem behaviors by youth as well.
- were more likely to use relapse prevention and refusal skills in drug use situations.
- were less likely to use drugs after difficult life events.
- reported more household rules than the comparison group.
- reported a 65% reduction in heroin use frequency one year later.
- were six times less likely to use cocaine in the last month one year after the intervention.
Here are some quotes from Families Facing the Future participants:
"You have all been super, I swear, you must have been a god-send. Really! The support you have all given us was and is really needed! Keep it goin!"
"You folks opened new communication roads for us, besides giving us a whole box full of tools to pull out when I need them. I canít thank you enough."
"I really donít think I could ever thank you enough. The best way I guess is to try my best to use the skills you have taught us!"
"I have this weird problem of holding my feelings inóthank-god, you guys wouldnít allow me to do that! I donít know what we would have done without your love and support. Iíll miss this group and look forward to our reunions."
The research project was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Funding for the research intervention ended in June 1993. Therapeutic Health Services has continued to conduct the Families Facing the Future intervention using agency funds.
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