Parental Substance Misuse

Parental Substance Misuse

We recognise substance misuse within families can have serious long-lasting consequences for children and adults. Research has shown that children of parents with long term substance misuse issues are more likely to develop behavioural problems, experience low educational progress, suffer from significant social and emotional harm and develop substance misuse problems themselves. Families with substance misuse problems may also be experiencing domestic violence, unemployment, poverty or housing instability. At the same time, the demands of being a parent may impact on a service user’s ability to engage in treatment.

We aim to:

  • Enable the voices of children, young people and families affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse to be heard.
  • Assist in increasing the capacity of all those working with children, young people and families affected by parental drug and alcohol abuse to recognise and respond to their needs, and promote good practice and information on existing provision and support.
  • Inform and shape the development of policy and practice around the support for children, young people and families affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse and to raise awareness of this issue.

If you are a substance misusing parent and worried about the affect this may be having on your child/children, please contact Inclusion Drug Treatment Service for help and support.

 

Improving outcomes for the children of substance misusing parents