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Opioid Use Disorder, Attachment, and Parenting: Key Concerns for Practitioners
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal (2016)
  • Rebecca G. Mirick, Salem State University
  • Shelley A. Steenrod, Salem State University
Abstract
In the United States, the current epidemic of opioid use disorders impacts many parents and their children. Historically, interventions for parents with substance use disorders have focused on two separate areas, achieving and maintaining abstinence and learning parenting skills. These interventions do not address the parent/child relationship, and the impact of parental opioid use disorder on attachment. Insecure attachment, particularly disorganized attachment, negatively affects the child’s development and safety. Attachment should always be considered when doing a safety assessment or planning an intervention for parents with opioid use disorders. This conceptual paper describes the impact of parental opioid use on attachment across the developmental span of childhood, highlighting research about opioid use disorder, parenting, and attachment which is relevant for practitioners working with parents with opioid use disorders, as child protection workers, substance abuse counselors, or therapists. Identification, attachment assessment tools, and empirical research on attachment-based interventions are discussed.
Keywords
  • Child protection,
  • Substance use disorder,
  • Opioids,
  • Opioid use disorder,
  • Attachment
Publication Date
May 15, 2016
DOI
10.1007/s10560-016-0449-1
Citation Information
Rebecca G. Mirick and Shelley A. Steenrod. "Opioid Use Disorder, Attachment, and Parenting: Key Concerns for Practitioners" Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal Vol. 33 Iss. 6 (2016) p. 547 - 557
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rebecca-mirick/10/