Children in homes with substance use are at great risk of developing substance use disorders and lifelong mental health issues. Targeting these families is a priority treatment and recovery concern as well as an effective prevention strategy. It’s critical to work directly with the family environments where these disorders begin to prevent mental and/or substance use disorders.
This episode focuses on the relationship between substance use and trauma, acknowledging the long-term effects on children and families.
Children of parents with substance use disorders (including parents with these disorders who are incarcerated) are also commonly involved with child welfare and foster care systems, creating other long-term challenges. The episode presents strategies to identify and work with troubled families to break the cycle of substance use.