NACoA Session 5 Multi-generational Addiction and the Children Webinar Resources

NACoA Session 5 Multi-generational Addiction and the Children Webinar Resources
Posted 8/3/2021

The final webinar session provided an overview on the powerful impact of addiction on the developing child. It will remind participants that each time we focus on the person who is addicted without focusing on the family, we are denying the opportunity for breaking the cycle of addiction. It also focused on the tragic intersection of racism, the opioid epidemic, COVID-19, parental addiction, and the impact on adolescents. The presenters Jerry Moe, Dr. Claudia Black and Dr. Hoover Ad covered the following session objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the multi-generational impact of parental addiction, creating the need for all members of the family to heal,
  • Understand that the resiliency research for over 20 years has told us that with supportive efforts, these children demonstrate better coping with difficult emotional experiences,
  • Recognize the importance of not putting a mental health diagnosis on these children; what they need is clarity and practical support,
  • Recognizing that interventions and support need to be continuous, age appropriate, safe and healing,
  • Acknowledge that solution-based interventions need to include and address awareness of the intersection of parental addiction, racism, the opioid epidemic and COVID-19,
  • Describe the biology behind the need for trauma informed care that creates safety and promotes healing,
  • Understand that all within our communities are positioned to make a difference in a child’s life.