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Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy
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Research Article

An Attachment-Based Parenting Training Program for Opiate Dependent Carers

Mathew James Coleman*

Great Southern Mental Health Service, Albany, WA, Australia

Corresponding Author:
Mathew James Coleman
Great Southern Mental Health Service
Albany, WA, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: October 02, 2014; Accepted date: November 18, 2014; Published date: November 28, 2014

Citation: Coleman MJ (2014) An Attachment-Based Parenting Training Program for Opiate Dependent Carers. J Addict Res Ther 5:201. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000201

Copyright: © 2014 Coleman MJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background: Parental substance use can impede parenting, placing a significant number of children at risk, accounting for the high rates of child protection service (CPS) involvement with substance use affected families. Very few parenting programs provide evidence for improving parenting skills in this high risk group. However, attachment-based parenting programs provide some promise in improving outcomes for parents and children. This pilot study introduces such a program, the Circle of Security (COS), with opiate dependent carers.

Method: Pre and post COS intervention measures of substance use (ATOP), mental health (DASS21) and child-parent attachment (CHQ) were conducted. A qualitative feedback questionnaire was also undertaken to determine the tolerability, acceptability and experiences of participants.

Results: 8 participants commenced the study with a retention rate of 75%. Heroin (M=-2.4), other opiate (M=-2.3), alcohol (M=-2.7), nicotine (M=-0.1) and injecting drug days (M=-3.0) were reduced following the intervention. Parental stress (M=-4, 19%), depression (M=-3.29, 16%) and anxiety (M=-2.57, 12%) improved over the study period. No clinically significant shift in carer-helplessness was identified, however parents reported improved parenting in a number of areas. Participants highly rated the program across multiple domains.

Conclusions: The COS is well tolerated, accepted and positively experienced by this group of opiate dependent carers. The program appears to assist in reducing substance use levels and improving mental health symptoms in this vulnerable group of parents. The program warrants further evaluation with opiate dependent parents as part of a randomised control trial.