A Family-Centered Program To Break The Cycle Of Addiction.
Tisch, Rosemary. Sparks, Shirley N.
Published: April-June 2018
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.
Vol. 99, No. 2 , p. 100-109
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Celebrating Families!™ (CF!) is a manualized family-centered program focused on the goal of breaking the cycle of generational substance use disorders (SUDs). It is one of the few evidence-based family-focused practices listed on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Compared to another evidence-based program, Strengthening Families, CF! showed significant impact on family organization, positive parenting, parent involvement, and alcohol and drug use reduction. CF! is shown to be successful in unifying families from family dependency courts and as a prevention program for SUDs when offered by community social service agencies. A preliminary efficacy study illustrates changes within participating families consistent with the goal. The study’s purpose was to test the hypothesis that a family skills program such as CF! changed behavior by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors. Data from 20 cycles of the program revealed that parents (N = 263), referred from family drug court, expressed significant behavior changes toward their children in ways that increased protective factors after the 16-week program, and youth (N = 106) showed better understanding of SUDs. Results suggest that this family skills program can be an intervention program for families at-risk for perpetuating the cycle of addiction, as well as prevention of family violence, abuse, and neglect. Agencies that serve families at risk can use the program to prevent costly foster care placements and SUDs by providing such programs. (Author abstract)
substance abuse; evidence based practice; substance abuse treatment; family services; parenting skills; parent child relationships; prevention programs; community based services; resilience; family drug courts; families at risk; child abuse; child neglect; family preservation; intergenerational relationships; Intergenerational abuse