Unspoken Loyalty: Exploring the impact of trauma and substance Use in young adult families

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM ET / 8:00 – 10:00 AM CT | Virtual - Zoom


Research continues to identify that one of the most critical elements of successful treatment is family involvement (SAMSHA).  Research also reveals that as recovery capital increases and problem severity decreases recovery rates increase (White & Cloud, 2008). Notably, the research highlights the need for providers to fully integrate all external resources, including the family. As we see younger populations impacted by the disease, we must explore new avenues to meet their needs. Effective treatment practices, such as MAT should be explored and expanded so that evidence-based substance use treatment specifically targets our youth and young adults. Involving the family to educate on the role of MAT and to explore how their traumatic experiences in relation to their child's SUD has impacted their parenting is an essential component to recovery.  The unspoken loyalties to family could undermine recovery. When placed in a triangle, young adults often choose family over recovery.  

American Society of Addiction Medicine. (2015). The ASAM National Practice Guideline for the use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use.

Bry B. H., Catalano R. F., Kumpfer K. L., Lochman J. E., Szapocznik J. Scientific Findings from Family Prevention Intervention Research. Family focused prevention of drug abuse: Research and interventions. NIDA Research Monograph

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004;1021:1-22.

Edwards, M., Best, D.,Irving J., & Andersson,C.  (2018) Life in Recovery: A Families' Perspective, Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 36:4, 437-458, DOI: 10.1080/07347324.2018.1488553

Learning objectives:

Describe: the importance of family involvement in the treatment process, as it pertains to current research. Participants will understand the value that family adds to the process of recovery.

Explain: what family means as part of recovery capital and how to utilize families as a means to increase treatment compliance, add to length of stay, and increase follow through with aftercare recommendations.

Apply: how to actively engage in conversations with families with the young adult patient to encourage them at involving their families and signing the release of information.

Recovery Centers of America has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 2 credit hours.