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Alcohol and Drug Dependence and Its Impact on Family and Community: Seizing the Opportunity. Supporting Families and Promoting Recovery A partnership of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors Webinar by TASC, Inc Chicago, IL. 1.
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Supporting Families and Promoting Recovery
A partnership of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
Webinar by TASC, Inc
Over 30 years of experience integrating behavioral health services into justice system for individuals and families
Bridges treatment and justice systems for people and families involved in both
Saves money, restores families and lays the foundation for positive and lasting change
Helps slow the cycle of drugs and crime
Clergy’s recognition of problem of substance abuse in their congregations vs. lack of training on how to deal with it
Importance of spirituality and religion to substance abuse prevention and treatment vs. failure of healthcare providers to take advantage of this
Address substance abuse in their ministries
Develop relationships with treatment professionals
Connect members of congregations to treatment
Society as a Whole
Problems clergy see that are frequently associated with addiction in the family:
Family conflict Family cohesion
Emotional or physical violence Family organization
Family isolationFamily stress, e.g.: work problems, illness, marital strain, finances,
and frequent relocations
May be less attentive to the child while drunk or high
May be unable to fulfill their role as a parent, including providing medical treatment
Is more likely to be diagnosed with a co- morbid psychological problem
May be chronically physically ill from using drugs or alcohol
Spends times procuring, using, and recovering from the alcohol or drug use instead of parenting
May be engaged in illegal activities
Places financial stress on the family system
Often lack consistency, stability, and needed emotional support due to the chaotic family environment
May be physically and emotionally traumatized by accidental injury or verbal, physical or sexual abuse due to parental drinking/drug use
May encounter permissiveness, neglect, violence, poor communication, under-socialization
Interventions need to be comprehensive and continual – and include age-appropriate child services.
Children benefit from educational support programs, including Alateen, whether they live in birth home or in foster care, and whether or not their parents get well.
Spouses benefit from Al-Anon
Intervention and treatment work
Spiritual health is possible again
Money is saved
Life gets better
People in recovery give back
Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life.
Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care shift the question from “How do we get the client into treatment?” to “How do we support the process of recovery within the person’s environment?”
Recovery Oriented System of Care
Cherie A. Hunter
Director, External Training
1500 N. Halsted
Chicago, Illinois 60642