Substance Use and the Family for Paraprofessionals

Substance Use and the Family for Paraprofessionals 

A substance use disorder is typically thought of as a problem “in an individual,” but there is a bigger picture to consider. Its impact can be devastating to the family and loved ones of the individual with the substance use disorder. This problem is often associated with family conflict or dysfunction, employment and financial problems, and marital discord. Families can play an important role in recovery, especially if they are able to understand the dynamics related to substance use disorders and the manner in which they can help. This course will give you knowledge of the impact of substance use disorders on families as well as the family’s impact on the development and persistence of substance use. You will learn to identify and anticipate family problems that may result from or co-occur with substance use. You will also learn the basics of family systems theory as it relates to substance use disorder. By familiarizing yourself with this information, you will be better able to identify factors that contribute to the emergence and persistence of substance use problems, and you will be able to work within a treatment team context to help address these factors. Vignettes and interactive exercises will give you the opportunity to apply these concepts so that you can increase your ability to understand these issues and work effectively with families and individuals with substance use disorders. The content in this course is applicable to paraprofessionals in health and human services settings.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-SUFPP-V2
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2025
Learning Objectives:
Summarize the impact that substance use disorder has on families.
Describe a family systems perspective of substance use disorder, including family factors that increase or decrease the risk of developing a disorder.
Discuss the relationship between supportive family factors and the process of recovery.

Substance Use and the Family for Paraprofessionals

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: The Impact of Substance Use Disorders

Meet Isabella

How Common are Substance Misuse and Substance Use Disorders?

Substance Use Problems and Youth

The Impact on the Family

Parental Substance Use Disorders and Development

The Negative Effects of Parental Substance Use

How Youth Substance Use Affects the Family

Family Impact: Economic Issues

Co-Occurring Issues



Section 3: How Families Influence Substance Use Disorders

Overview of Influences

Family Dynamics

How Families Increase Risk

How Families Lower Risk

Social Learning in the Family

Family Dynamics as a Risk Factor

Family Dynamics Supporting Undesirable Behavior

Engaging At-Risk Families



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Exam and BrainSparks

Instructor: Monique Kahn, Psy.D.
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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