Find Hope When You Are Concerned about

Your Child’s Drug or Alcohol Use

addiction, recovery

Information and inspiration for parents to help motivate their child to change.

You are ready to stop feeling guilty, angry, frustrated, and full of shame because of your child’s substance use.
Being supportive in the best way when your child is struggling with drugs or alcohol has been a challenge for you.
You would love some tools and strategies so that you could help motivate your child to change.

I’m glad you are here. Welcome! I’m Cathy Taughinbaugh. I coach moms and occasionally dads on how they can help themselves and their children when they are struggling with drugs or alcohol are involved.

I believe that parents struggle intensely when their kids are using. Their anxiety and stress may go on for months, even years. As a coach, I can help you get laser-focused on what you can do to help yourself first which will in the end, will help your child. My goal is to help you spend less time in a panic, to shorten the learning curve, and to feel more centered.

Check out the “Is This You?” page to see if you can relate to any of the descriptions.

Rather than using confrontation and punishment, I believe that kindness, compassion, and positivity can help motivate your child to seek change. Parents and family members play a meaningful role and can influence the outcome. I believe in facing our truth and raising the bottom so that your child has a chance for a better life.

Learn more about the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach here.

Connecting with others can help you gain clarity and make the best decisions for your situation.

How Coaching Can Help

You don’t have to struggle alone! 

CathyTaugh200If you are not clear what coaching is about, or whether it can be the right next step for you, you are not alone. There are many who are a little fuzzy about what coaching is all about. Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. When your child is struggling, a coach can help you make sense of the struggle and help you have greater understanding and clarity. This helps you and your child reach positive change in a shorter amount of time.

Connecting with the right coach can empower you as a parent. Coaching can help with life strategies and life direction. It is solution-focused, strength-based collaboration between coach and client. I help you make better decisions and have more clarity about next steps to start the healing process for you and your family. I believe that my clients can use their inner strength to find their way.

The positive change you want to see in yourself and your child can happen!

With coaching, your life will improve in these 5 ways:

  • Enhance your understanding of your current reality.
  • Feel more confident as a parent both now and in the future.
  • Have more clarity about the power of positive communication.
  • Embrace the circle of self-compassion.
  • Find a healthier you through self-care.

What Type of Coaching Would Be Right for You?

1) 1-On-1 Parent Coaching

In this coaching program, I teach you proven strategies to stay involved with your struggling child in a positive way that helps them be more motivated to change, to talk to your child so that you are more likely to be heard, and to take better care of yourself. Coaching can help you feel less depressed and anxious. It is an investment in your life, health, relationships, family, and future.

This is for motivated parents or loved ones who are determined to help their child with the latest research-based tools. Are you ready to leave the pain of the past behind and live a happier life?

Supporting you is my mission!


2) Our support group gives you the opportunity to connect with other moms.

In our support group, you will receive weekly tips and inspirations and have access to a private forum. You will have a monthly conference call where we will discuss the topic of the month and give you a chance to voice your concerns about your family’s situation.

Not only is this is for moms of kids who are struggling with drugs or alcohol, but also for those who want to stop feeling helpless, anxious, and worried so they can feel in control and get their life back on track.

Register today and join us!


Cathy shares her story

Parents to PhDs: 28 interviews with people who share heartache, wisdom and healing from first-hand experience with substance use disorder


101 Natural Highs for an Amazing Drug-Free Life



7 Things Parents Can Say When Their Child is Struggling with Drugs or Alcohol

I have often been asked the question by parents as to what to say to kids as they struggle to make sense of their life. Parents often feel that they are walking on eggshells. Their kids have made a major detour because of their drug and alcohol use. They may be struggling to get their life back on track. Likewise, they could be still in the midst of their drug use.

Parents so often hope that they will say the golden words that will make a difference.[…] Read More

50 Common Mistakes That Parents Make When They Discover Their Kids Are Using Drugs

With that said, I would like to share these common mistakes for those of you who are in the midst of coping with your child’s drug or alcohol use.

Here is my list of things that many parents, including myself have tried–to no avail. Sometimes you might get lucky and they work, but usually things stay the same or get worse. […] Read More

25 Facts You Should Know About the Growing Heroin Epidemic

“Drugs and alcohol overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death among young people in the northeast and other parts of the country. The estimated loss of life is alarming.” ~ Casa Columbia

Are you concerned about your child’s possible heroin use? Do you wonder how heroin quietly became an epidemic? Here are some facts about the dangers of heroin.[…] Read More

~ Read More on the Blog ~


“The positive reinforcement and staying connected to my child has been the BEST advice I’ve heard. In addition, I’ve never been told this before connecting with Cathy, but it immediately resonated with me where as all of the other advice did not.”

— Amelia, a mom from Florida

“Cathy gently lead our parent group in a guided process of individual sharing and listening to one another.  Guided by the week’s theme and through a series of insightful questions from Cathy, we were encouraged to respond one by one, voluntarily.  Through this process, we came to a broader sense of our shared situations, and a sense of a personal path forward.  Cathy’s optimism infused the meeting with a sense of hope.”

— Mary, a mom from Pennsylvania

“I found Cathy’s group coaching sessions to be really helpful. Cathy’s comments were insightful as well as compassionate, and the opportunity to talk with other parents in the same boat was invaluable. I felt that it helped my family a lot.”

— Martha, a mom from Massachusetts

Read more testimonials here

To learn more contact Cathy via the contact page.