Substance Use Disorders and Adoption Status: Implications for Counseling Practice

Susan Florence Branco, Connie T. Jones, Sanna Stella

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Abstract

Adopted persons are at a higher risk to receive mental health and substance use treatment (Behle & Pinquart, 2016; Brodzinsky, 2013) and are also at a higher risk for a lifetime prevalence of substance use disorder (Kendler et al., 2012; Yoon et al., 2012). Despite the known risks for adopted persons, there remains a gap in counselor awareness and knowledge of the unique counseling needs of adopted persons and their families seeking substance use counseling (Atkinson et al., 2013; Brodzinsky, 2013; Lancaster et al., 2017). Therefore, we provide an overview of the related substance use research, describe the counseling needs of adopted persons and their families, and offer practice implications.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFamily Journal
StateE-pub ahead of print - Sep 11 2020

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