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Parental Substance Abuse

2018-10 October


It’s unfortunate that we need to have a service such as CASA. It would be better if children were not abused and neglected, but that’s not the way it is or has been for the nearly 35 years CASA has been in existence in Kentucky.


CASA of the River Region was established in 1984 and was the first CASA in the Commonwealth. The cases CASA received were for physical abuse, neglect, dirty homes, chronic lice and substance abuse.  Family Court Judges have cited over 90% of cases are related to addiction. The substance abuse problem is bigger now than it was 34 years ago.


When you’ve come to the office looking for a new case, many are related to addition and substance abuse. The primary substance has been methamphetamine or heroin. There have always been parents abusing marijuana, alcohol, crack, cocaine, etc., but nothing like what is being seen now and never as much methamphetamine or heroin.


It is a daunting task to advocate for children whose parents are addicted and sometimes their ability and timeframe for getting sober doesn’t match the timeline of the children’s needs.


On October 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., CASA of the River Region will be hosting a seminar on substance abuse at themain office on Eastern Parkway. CASA has invited speaker Alaina Combs, a staff member of the Healing Place, an agency that provides food, shelter, clothing, and recovery services at no cost. Alaina will talk about the substances being abused today, its effects on families, and treatments.


We hope that you can make time to learn more on that day about this prevalent issue on our society and ask that you RSVP to your supervisor by October 17th.

Learn more about how parental substance abuse influences children and their future: Struggling with one’s own parenting after an upbringing with substance abusing parents by Eva Tedgård, Maria Råstam & Ingegerd Wirtberg  DOWNLOAD ARTICLE

REFERENCE: Eva Tedgård, Maria Råstam & Ingegerd Wirtberg (2018) Struggling with one’s own parenting after an upbringing with substance abusing parents, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 13:1, 1435100, DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1435100

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