Mental Health

Addressing Substance Use and Recovery

Supporting children, families, and staff affected by substance use is a priority for Head Start programs. Substance use can harm children and family functioning. Children who live with a family member with a substance use disorder are at increased risk of experiencing other challenges, such as mental illness, poverty, domestic violence, academic problems, abuse, and neglect. Head Start programs can support families struggling with substance use and those in recovery in several ways. Explore these resources for strategies to help families access substance use treatment, mental health services, and other tools to support recovery. Learn how to have sensitive conversations about substance use and offer non-judgmental support.