Impact of Substance Use Disorders on the Family: Hope for Recovery

Audience: School, child-serving, and healthcare professionals working with families impacted by addiction
Number of Modules: 5
Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes

Course Description

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 25 percent of American kids grow up in households where substance abuse is present. Without strong support, these children and teens are at an increased risk for the development of their own behavioral health disorders. This course will increase an understanding of how family members are impacted when addiction is present in their lives and how professionals can provide understanding, support and resources to the children, teens, and families they serve.

Expected Learning Outcomes

The expected learning outcomes of the course are to:

  • Describe the characteristics of the typical family dealing with substance use disorder based on statistics.
  • Recognize observable signs that might indicate a child is impacted by the substance use disorder of a loved one.
  • Explain the impact substance use disorders have on the family: relationally, financially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
  • Identify their own attitudes and values when working with parents who may have a substance use disorder.
  • Access and use resources and tools to help support children impacted by substance use disorders in the family.
  • Print a Certificate of Completion for documentation of completing the program successfully.

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  • Take the course. New users, please use the “Sign Up” link on the next page to set a password. Returning users, you can sign-in using your email and previously selected password.
  • Contact Caron’s Education Alliance for more information about this course at 610-743-6117.
  • Download or print a course brochure.
  • Return to the Digital Learning library.

After reviewing this course, I have a greater understanding of the effects substance use can have on children and how the effects can present themselves in a variety of ways. As a school nurse, I often witness concerning behaviors in children and parents, but now feel like I have a better understanding of recognizing that these behaviors may be a result of substance use disorders. Although I am not trained to diagnose these issues, I have learned through this program how to reach out to the resources, like Caron, to help support me in providing additional outreach and resources for families.

Berks County School Nurse

SUD's Tale

Sarah Martinez, a family therapist at Caron Treatment Centers, wrote and illustrated Sud's Tale to help children understand the impact of substance use. Sud is a blue lizard who is smart but a little awkward until he discovers a special bean that turns him into a dragon. Soon Sud finds that he is dependent on the bean. See how Sud discovers the benefits of recovery.


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