Prevention When There's Adult Addiction

2:15 PM
3:30 PM
Chesapeake 10-12


One in every four children in the US are growing up in families with parents, other loved ones, and/or caretakers who have a substance use disorder (SUD). The sometimes chaotic environments that lack consistency, stability, and emotional support contribute to the multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that can increase their own risk for substance use and mental health disorders. This session will provide collaborative strategies for sector partners such as the faith community, education, health care, parents, youth serving community organizations, and youth themselves to engage these high risk youth in coalition sponsored prevention activities. Specific universal and selective activities that foster resiliency and can be implemented by different sector members in demographically diverse communities will be shared.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. describe four prevention activities for targeting youth impacted by family SUD.

2. explain how family SUD increases risk for youth substance use and misuse.

3. identify four sectors able to implement prevention activities for youth impacted by SUD


Charlotte Scott
Coalition Coordinator
South Rockingham Coalition for Healthy Youth
Ellen Morehouse, LCSW, CASAC, CPP
Executive Director
Student Assistance Services Corp.
Mary Beth Collins
Alexa Lee