Treating the Family as a Client
Addiction affects not only the addicted person but the entire family system. While research focuses on the impact of parenting practices on the development of adolescent addiction, there is a gap in our understanding of how adolescent addiction emotionally impacts parents and other family members. Shifting our perspective and seeing through the eyes of parents of youth with addictions can help us explore, inform, and educate about the family’s multi-layered stress response, grief, and trauma. In this workshop, the presenters will interview a mother regarding her child’s addiction experiences while exploring the complex navigation of addiction supports within our health care communities. Presenters will also explore how to hold a difficult conversation with families regarding addiction with a specific focus on improving clinical skills while working with these families.