Family-Centered Treatment

Family-Centered TreatmentMany adults entering treatment for a substance use disorder have children, and these children are often at risk of child abuse and neglect, developmental delays, and adolescent substance misuse. Family-centered treatment aims to meet the holistic needs of the entire family, not just the person with the substance use disorder. Research demonstrates that treatment, recovery, and family well-being outcomes improve when the complex needs of the family are met through supportive services such as parenting programs, children’s developmental and therapeutic services, and attachment-based family therapeutic services.

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    • Understanding Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Resource Guide for Professionals Referring to Treatment
      Understanding Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Resource Guide for Professionals Referring to Treatment(PDF 641 KB)

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2019

      This technical assistance tool focuses on providing a fundamental understanding of the substance use treatment and recovery process. Designed to equip professionals who refer parents to substance use treatment, the tool includes a list of questions that child welfare or court staff can ask treatment providers to begin establishing a collaborative relationship with their treatment agency. Professionals using this tool will be able to make informed referral decisions for services that are a good fit to meet the needs of parents and their families.

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