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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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The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free technical assistance to a various of systems on making policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. To learn more about technical assistance services or if you have a question please email NCSACW at ncsacw@cffutures.org or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

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