Many children and young people grow up in families where relationships are disrupted because the adults have problems related to alcohol or drugs. BRUS offers support to children and youth aged 0 - 24 from families with alcohol and drug related problems. In these families the roles may be reversed so that the children are providing care for their parents and their daily life may be characterized by insecurity and uncertainty. In the 11 municipalities participating in BRUS, the National Institute of Public Health estimates 27.526 children and youth live in families with alcohol or drug relate problems. In all of Denmark it is estimated that as many as 122.000 grow up under these conditions.
In BRUS we offer individual support, group therapy, supportive family conversations as well as web-based chat counselling. Whenever possible we work to create an alliance with the adult having alcohol or drug related problems and thus achieve an acknowledgement that the adult has a responsibility for the child/youth experiencing the conditions as problematic and that it is the adults who can make the necessary changes.
The service offered is free and organizationally it is placed in the municipal treatment centres for alcohol and drug abuse. This ensures easy access to help regarding the substance abuse issues if we are successful in motivating the adult to start treatment.
BRUS strive to strengthen the potential of children and youth to handle the challenges that an upbringing characterized by issues with drugs and alcohol gives. BRUS wishes to contribute to the children and youth experiencing a general improvement in their well-being and development. The ambition is for them to achieve the same opportunities to take advantage of their potential in regards to education and employment as children and youth growing up in families with no substance abuse issues.
BRUS is a joint project with 11 participating Danish municipalities. BRUS is financed by the Danish Satspuljen (a pool of public funds earmarked the most disadvantaged groups of citizens in the Danish society) and is evaluated by the Danish National Board of Social Services until the end of 2019.