My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has a Disease was originaly written as a result of my work with young people who had a parent in treatment for their alcoholism. These children were learning at a very young age that is was not safe for them to openly talk about their family experiences. Art therapy was a wonderful tool in which to not only share feelings but to problem solve, lessen denial, and to put words to that which was so confusing.
After many years and thousands of children using this workbook, it has been revised to address the fact that today, if a child lives with addiction, it may very well be to other drugs, not just alcohol.
The basic premise of this book is that chemical dependency is a disease. The addict is a sick person, not a bad person. This disease affects not only the addicted person but those who love that person as well. This is a book that will help the "others" affected by chemical dependency to become well.
There is hope for the addicted person and those affected by their addiction. We, the children, do not have to remain confused and silent.