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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 course explores the current research, as well as provide 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

Course length: 60 minutes

After attending this course, 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: 04/13/2023 – 04/13/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

This course does not offer credit for NJ or NY social workers. For more information on receiving CE credit please visit the FAQ tab. For additional information on the instructor please visit

Updated January 27, 2023.
  • The Intersection of Adoption and Addiction - Video
  • The Intersection of Adoption and Addiction - Post-Test
  • The Intersection of Adoption and Addiction - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever