Problems with alcohol and other drugs affects people from all walks of life, including parents with children. Young people and children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of substance misuse in the home or by a parent. Parental substance misuse may interrupt a child’s normal development, which places them at higher risk of behavioural, emotional, physical and mental health problems.
Odyssey House recognises the damage that substance misuse can have on a family, and understands the positive impact that parent and child can have on each other’s recovery. Under the Parent’s & Children’s Program, our residential rehabilitation centres are one of only a handful in Australia that allows men and women to undertake treatment whilst their children (0-12 years) live with them. We also offer free weekly family support programs that give parents the necessary skills and confidence to take care of their children.