Recovery and the Family: Extending Treatment to Everyone
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Nearly 24 percent of children (or 17 million) live in a household where a parent or other adult is a binge or heavy drinker, and approximately 13 percent of children (or 9.2 million) live in one where a parent or other adult uses illicit drugs. The negative effects of addiction aren't limited to the individual who is abusing drugs and alcohol, so must recovery extend to the entire family. Aside from the many options available to persons in need of treatment, supports also exist for those affected by a family member's addiction. This program will present the many avenues toward effective treatment, emphasize the importance getting an addicted loved one into treatment, and celebrate the benefits enjoyed by the family in recovery.
Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).