Help us urge Congress to support families impacted by addiction
At Center on Addiction, I have worked with hundreds of families that have struggled with substance use disorder. Too often, they are told to kick their loved one out of the house and let them hit "rock bottom”. They have carried the weight on their shoulders of their loved ones’ addiction. They have been ashamed, remained silent, and at the same time, tried to save their child.
While we’re working to improve the treatment system and treatment outcomes, we need to support, inform, and empower families now. Parents and caregivers can be a critical part of the solution.
That’s why we’re urging Congress to pass the Family Support Services for Addiction Act (H.R. 5572/S. 3179), which provides $25 million over the next 5 years, in grants for community organizations to provide family services for addiction.
Family support services include family training and education, family therapy, systems navigation to help families locate or access resources, crisis and/or loss and grief support. The evidence is strong, that when family members are involved in their loved one's treatment, outcomes are better.
Courtney Gallo Hunter, M.P.A
Courtney Gallo Hunter is the director of advocacy and government affairs at Center on Addiction