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Data Sources on Parents

Parents in Recovery from Substance Abuse

The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect publication Substance Abuse and Child Maltreatment discusses the effects of parental substance abuse on children. Another similar report is the NSDUH report Alcohol Dependence or Abuse among Parents with Children Living in the Home, based on SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health and provided by the Office of Applied Studies.

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare was formed to improve systems and practice for families with substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare and family judicial systems by assisting local, state, and tribal agencies.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in collaboration with the states, has identified 10 domains as National Outcome Measures in the area of substance abuse.

Domains include abstinence from drug use and alcohol abuse. Four domains focus on resilience and sustaining recovery. These include getting and keeping a job or enrolling and staying in school; decreased involvement with the criminal justice system; securing a safe, decent, and stable place to live; and social connectedness to and support from others in the community such as family, friends, coworkers, and classmates. Two domains look directly at the treatment process itself in terms of available services and services provided. Another is increased retention in services for substance abuse. The final three domains examine the quality of services provided, including client perception of care, cost-effectiveness, and use of evidenced-based practices in treatment.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a federal scientific research institute under the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA is the largest supporter of the world's research on drug abuse and addiction. NIDA-funded scientific research addresses the most fundamental and essential questions about drug abuse, including
  • tracking emerging drug use trends,
  • understanding how drugs work in the brain, and
  • developing and testing new drug treatment and prevention approaches.
Several data and studies can be obtained on this website in regard to how treatment and drug usage affect families and those of various, races, ages, and ethnicities. The website can also be accessed in Spanish.

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