History

BY PFS FOUNDER, MIKE BARCUM

Peaceful Family Solutions (PFS) was founded to help provide healing and hope to the most overlooked, vulnerable victims of addiction — children.
Nearly one-in-four children in the Unites States experience substance use disorders in their family. The combination of genetics and the traumatic experience of growing up with the disease of addiction in the home makes these kids eight times more likely to develop an addiction themselves. And in Oklahoma, addiction is a growing epidemic, passed on through families to future generations.

No one is immune from addiction. Like any other chronic disease, addiction does not discriminate by age, education level, income, ethnicity, background, gender, religion, or any other factor. And no one is naturally equipped to cope with the addiction of a loved one, especially children.

To help save and protect the futures of children impacted by addiction, PFS provides a free, proven, evidence-based program addressing the heavy burden that substance use disorder (SUD) lays on the children of those in treatment, in active addiction or living in recovery.

Our program breaks the cycle of addiction through therapeutic play, artwork, recreation, and games. Under the guidance of trained, masters level  professionals, children learn:

  • that their parent’s substance use disorder is a disease and is not their fault
  • how to safely explore and share their feelings
  • how to begin healing from their pain
  • how to stay safe in hard times
  • to develop a self-care plan

Our peer-to-peer curriculum was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is offered in Los Angeles and Denver.
PFS is the only organization in Oklahoma that offers these targeted, proven services for children of parents struggling with addiction.

Today, so many graduates of the PFS program are living happier lives, equipped with the coping skills needed to enjoy their childhoods and armed with the education required to avoid drugs and alcohol and other harmful behaviors.

They are the reason we offer this program completely FREE of charge and eagerly welcome children into our program and supporters to our cause.

—Mike Barcum, Founder