13.   Substance Use

How often do you use alcohol and drugs?  Does your use of alcohol and/or drugs make parenting more difficult?   Have you ever received alcohol or drug abuse treatment?  Has anyone expressed concern about your alcohol or drug use

0 –   No action needed.  I don’t use drugs or alcohol.

1 –   Let’s watch/wait.  I’m in recovery from drugs/alcohol abuse or I may have occasional alcohol and/or drug use.

2 –   Help is needed.  I use drugs/alcohol and I have difficulty taking care of my child sometimes because of it.

3 –   Help is needed now/immediately.  I use drugs/alcohol and it can be very challenging trying to parent right now because of it.