The opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll on children. Approximately 8 million children under the age of 18 are living with at least one adult who has a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Most of these children affected are under the age of five. Opioid misuse can have negative effects on both the user, and on that person’s entire family system. These effects can have long-term impact for the children, parents and caregivers, and it is essential that the health and well-being of children are a primary focus in addressing the opioid epidemic.
Risk Factors of Addiction on Families
HElping Restore families impacted by Opioids (The HERO Project) provides treatment for children and youth (under 18) who have been exposed to or harmed by a parent or caregiver’s substance use disorder.
The program is a family-center, team-based, strengths-based approach that provides trauma-focused and evidenced-based wraparound and counseling to help build healthy families and strong communities.
Cost: Free with acceptance into the program
For more information, email: Emily.Thompson@CHRIS180.org
Funding provided by Office for Victims of Crime