The Intersection of Adoption and Addiction

Adoptees are almost twice as likely to struggle with substance abuse and addiction than their non-adopted counterparts. However, treatment options are severely limited and under-researched, and adoptees often go unnoticed and underserved when it comes to substance abuse treatment. This presentation explores the current research, and provides potential treatment options, considerations, and modalities for treating this misunderstood subset of the adoptee population.

Dr. Brett Furst, LMFT – Director of Outpatient and Ancillary Services, PACE Recovery Center

Webinar length: 60 minutes

After attending this recorded webinar, professionals will be able to:

  • Summarize the specific difficulties in treating adoptees that struggle with substance abuse.
  • Describe a treatment plan for an adoptee that struggles with substance abuse.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to implement authenticity as a means of increasing attachment as well as potential issues that may arise with this method.
  • Summarize the common misunderstandings associated with this population, and the specific strategies for addressing them.

Course level: Beginning, Intermediate

Cost to register: $15

If you are a NCFA member, look for your discount code in the membership portal.

National Council For Adoption, #1804, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 04/13/2022 – 04/13/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

If you are a social worker licensed in New York, do not complete this course for contact hours. Instead, visit the NY course here. This webinar does not offer credit for NJ social workers. The state of New Jersey does not recognize ASWB ACE continuing education provider level approval.

In order to receive their continuing education credit, attendees must participate in the entirety of the recorded webinar training, have their attendance verified, complete a course evaluation and complete post-test with at least 80% correct. Upon completing these items, attendees will receive their course continuing education certificate of credit to the email address provided at registration.

Other Questions? For questions, concerns or to request special accommodations, please contact us at or 703-299-6633.

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Updated 1/27/23

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