Module 8: Managing Substance Use Problems
Module 8 aims to ensure that parents are not drinking at risky
levels or at risk of developing substance abuse problems. The
module looks at the skills needed to avoid this and helps build
confidence to avoid substance use problems. For those who have
already developed a substance use problem, strategies are discussed
that help ensure that potential lapses to use do not become
Parents may present with concerns regarding recent non-prescribed drug use or fears that they may begin using substances at the outset of treatment.
There are now a number of comprehensive manuals and clinical guides on the use of relapse prevention techniques in the substance use field.
It is important to recognise that parents who have a substance using past may be using currently. There are many reasons for this. Substances are used as a way of coping with stress. Use also helps people feel better. We need to assume a non-judgemental attitude to ensure we don't alienate the parent whilst increasing the likelihood of educating the parent on using safely with protection of the child being paramount.
It is important when working with parents who use drugs to help them manage their use so it does not get out of control and does not impact dramatically on the lives of themselves and their families.