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How soon is too soon? Addiction recovery and family reunification.

Author: Hohman,-Melinda-M; Butt,-Rick-L
Author Background:
Date Jan/Feb. 2001
Type Journal
Journal Title: Child-Welfare
Volume/Pages Vol 80(1): 53-67
Subject Matter Research, Addiction; Drug Rehabilitation; Parent Child Relations; Parenting Skills; Recovery, Women MN: Alcohol-Abuse; Cocaine-; Family-Relations; Mothers
Abstract This article describes the addiction recovery process and its impact on parenting behaviors-information needed by child welfare workers involved in decision-making regarding family reunification. Two models of recovery--from alcoholism and from cocaine addiction--are reviewed, along with issues encountered in recovery, particularly for women. Case examples and discussion demonstrate how child welfare workers can apply these models in determining the appropriateness of reunification. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)