Drug Counseling, Parenting Program to Double in Size

By Lord, Rich | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), December 30, 2018 | Go to article overview

Drug Counseling, Parenting Program to Double in Size


Lord, Rich, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


In-home drug counseling and parenting help has proved to be a powerful combination, and a pioneering effort to help families affected by addiction is set to double in size next year.

The program, called Home-based Family Recovery, works because the desire for recovery and the natural parent-child bond reinforce each other, Sister Linda Yankoski, president and CEO of Holy Family Institute, said Friday. Holy Family runs the program.

"The families are grateful at one level that they have their children," she said. "They have not been removed. And they have this opportunity, even though they may have been using, or their child was exposed to opioids or drugs of that nature, to be with them, care for them, and get help."

Allegheny County's Department of Human Services announced in late 2017 that the Home-based Family Recovery program was coming to the Pittsburgh area. The approach was developed by Yale University researchers and had been previously tried out only in Connecticut.

For families with children age 3 or younger, it aims to be a more parent-friendly alternative to inpatient or outpatient rehab. A substance-use counselor visits the home twice a week, providing treatment, administering toxicology tests and, where necessary, making referrals to methadone or Suboxone prescribers. Once a week, a parent-child clinician comes by to teach mothering or fathering skills.

In Connecticut, research showed that half of the parents start the program with drugs in their veins, but after 20 weeks, 86 percent of them test as free from illicit substances.

In Allegheny County, Holy Family won the contract to provide Home-based Family Recovery. It sent five employees to Connecticut for training and began serving families in the spring. They have worked with about a dozen families so far, all referred by the county, and as some families meet their goals, others are being admitted.

"The counselors are doing a good job of just getting their trust," Sister Linda said. "We certainly work on future life goals, future non-use, and so that's been a good thing."

One popular aspect: Rather than threatening the families with penalties for failed drug tests, the counselors offer a $10 gift card for passed screens. That can mean $30 in extra grocery money for a week of clean tests.

The pitch: "If we work together, you get better, your family's stronger, and you get a little something out of it," Sister Linda said.

One shortcoming: The program has been unable to get its families together in one place.

"One of the goals of the program is to also have these families meet as a group, so they can provide support to one another," Sister Linda said. …

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