MIDDLETOWN, Conn (CBS Connecticut) – A program that’s had success helping parents struggling with substance abuse is expanding in Connecticut.

The “family based recovery” model will be available to 500 more households over the next four-and-a-half years, thanks to private donors.

Speaking at a forum at the Community Health Center in Middletown Wednesday, “Amanda,” who’s the parent of a young child, said the program has made a world of difference for her family.

“It wasn’t just around substance abuse; it was around my day-to-day struggles,” she said. “They were there to help me through it and help me get where I needed to be.”

The program, developed a decade ago by the Yale Child Study Center, is also being expanded to cover families with older children— up to age six. The cut-off had been age three.


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