Babies born with prenatal or early childhood exposure to opioids are the tiniest victims of America’s pain pill and heroin crisis. If exposed to opioids during pregnancy, infants may develop neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) or neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. And young children are especially vulnerable to traumatic adverse childhood experiences caused by the opioid crisis or other substance use problems in the family.
These challenges prompted Ohio State University to collaborate on two online training initiatives designed to expand the trauma-informed skills of daycare providers, preschool instructors, early intervention specialists and others who work with young children directly affected by the opioid crisis.
One of the modules offers basic information about topics such as NAS or the way that adverse childhood experiences can impact children. For example, a trauma-informed approach will help providers understand that some substance-affected children may find a bright, busy, loud classroom to be overwhelming, rather than stimulating. Learn how these training initiatives will benefit professionals AND the young children they work with.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) includes it in their registry of evidence-based programs and practices to treat addiction and alcoholism. And a past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) considers it a powerful piece of any recovery program.
Yep, we’re talking about the timeless peer-support program of AA, founded way back in 1935. Learn how 12-Step Facilitation therapy stands the test of time and remains a tried-and-true facet of robust recovery.
Thoughts from Jeanie Gschweng, General Manager of Clean & Sober Transitional Living
I’ve been asked what one bit of advice I’d share with parents (or other adult family members) whose adult children are residents here at CSTL. The answer that comes right to mind probably isn’t what you’d expect, but here it is: Back off.
And that’s a hard thing to do. Parents (or siblings, perhaps) are so accustomed to being in crisis and chaos because they’ve been fighting the drug and alcohol battle for years. So, when their loved one arrives here, the family remains on high alert. They are tied to their phones in case something goes south or someone goes missing. They are vigilant, and they are exhausted.
Thoughts from Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living
If you know someone who struggles with alcohol or drugs (and who doesn’t?), you probably wonder why they don’t just stop their excessive drug or alcohol consumption. “Why don’t they just STOP drinking?” is a common question – or plea – among family members whose loved ones are floundering. And if their loved ones get sober, the next question may well be “Why can’t they STAY sober?”