aboutAbout Cathy Taughinbaugh, ACC

Are you struggling because of your child’s drug or alcohol issues?

I’ve been working with parents since 2010. After discovering drug and alcohol use was an issue with my children, I discovered that connecting with others was a way to share tools and strategies that could help parents lessen the pain of their child’s substance use.

I’ve always been fascinated with the power of technology, so it seemed a natural fit.

I quickly realized that while articles are helpful, parents needed more. To break through their isolation, shame and stigma, they would benefit from one-on-one conversations with someone who has experience and training in this topic.

As a Certified Parent Coach, I work with parents who are concerned about their child.  It may be because of their adolescent’s experimentation or because their teen or young adult is suffering from substance use disorder.

Through personal coaching, articles, a support group, resources and various ebooks, my goal is to offer inspiration to others facing the same or similar challenges in their lives.

My focus since the beginning has been to have a resourceful site where people can gain the support they need as well as find valuable information about addiction and recovery.

ICF-ACC-color-logoMy credentials include:

Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation

Certified Parent Coach – Parent Coach Trainers Academy

Certified Life Coach – Life Coach Institute of Orange County

Certificate of Completion  – Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D.& Associates, Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)

Member – Institute of Coaching

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of the Pacific and hold a California Teaching Credential. I live in Contra Costa County in California and serve on our county’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board.

I work with parents across America.

Also, I work with the Parent Support Network for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and have been part of their Parent Support Coaching program since August, 2013. Through that program, I’ve been trained in CRAFT, which stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training and have found it to be a powerful program that provides strategies and tools for families.

I’ve been there as well and understand your pain. Now I am happy to help others, because I am doing a job that I love.

When you reach out you receive ideas and solutions for your  personal situation. You move forward and deepen your awareness about what to do next. I would love to support you in your process of discovery so that you can find solutions that will work best for you.

My journey has led me through the depths of addiction, while finding hope, recovery and miracles along the way.

This site is for parents and families looking to:
  • Prevent their kids from going down the road from experimentation, to substance use  to possibly addiction.
  • Sharing, support, tools and strategies to help with existing substance use issues or the recovery process.
  • Learn new evidence based strategies and tools that can help keep your family strong during this stressful time.
Weekly inspiration is found here through articles and guest posts. Topics include:
  • Learning about substance use from people experienced in the field
  • Finding treatment resources that can help you or your family member
  • Inspiration from others who have experienced addiction and found their way through to recovery
  • Powerful books and helpful links to help you find your way

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Thanks for visiting the site today. Remember you are not alone and there is always hope.

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So now that you’ve heard enough about me, how can I help you?



“Helping you, as a parent, find peace.”

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This website is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal, or other professional advice. The content on CathyTaughinbaugh.com is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. Please seek qualified professional care if you feel the need.