Substance Abuse

If you are suffering with a mental health crisis, or are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, please tell someone you can trust right away.

For Emergency Services
Call 911
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-799-4889 (TTY)

Responsible Fatherhood inherently involves the well-being and capacity of fathers to be positively involved with their children. Substance abuse can cause a wide range of problems, issues, and needs within a family as well as between fathers and children. These are serious, but treatable conditions.

Responsible Fatherhood programs can be well served by being aware of these needs and taking steps to address them. Current research, statistics, and program advice are available through this section of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC).

NRFC Technical Assistance Webinar
January 30, 2014: Working with Fathers to Identify and Resolve Substance Abuse Problems


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Service Offerings - Resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway

Substance Abuse Services

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Federal Substance Abuse Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA services include substance abuse information, treatment options, and statistics as well as technical assistance resources for a wide range of topics and audiences, including Tribal communities, youth prevention, intervention and treatment, and faith-based organizations.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC resources include information on substance abuse treatment and information on drugs and addictions.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institutes of Health

NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by: Conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment; Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues; Collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work; and, Translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public.

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Other Resources

Children's Program Kit: Supportive Education for Children of Addicted Parents
Source: SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
This packet of materials was developed to help substance abuse therapists establish treatment and education groups for the children of their clients.
Family Structure, Father Closeness and Drug Abuse
Source: National Fatherhood Initiative
This paper examines if family structure has a significant impact on the level of risk of adolescent drug use even when controlling for other factors that encourage or inhibit initiation into drug use.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
The mission of the NCSACW is to improve systems and practice for families with substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare and family judicial systems by assisting local, State and tribal agencies.
National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program
Source: Systems of Care, SAMHSA
This Resource Guide provides information and resources to assist states and communities in developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining systems of care to benefit children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

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NRFC Resources

NRFC Quick Statistics
Fathers and Alcohol Abuse (2007)
NRFC Spotlights
Fathers and Alcohol Abuse (2008)
NRFC Spotlights
Fathers and Substance Use (2007)

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