Treatment Court Family Nights: An Accessible and Adaptable Support for Families Engaging in Recovery

Laura Palombi, Anna G Van Deelen, Andrew Hawn, Lucas Kosobuski, Mary Jo B Katras

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Introduction: While public health measures including physical distancing and stay-at-home orders have clear benefits in COVID-19 mitigation and prevention, they have provided unique challenges for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD), including Treatment Court (TC) participants. Methods: This study involved a qualitative evaluation of TC Family Nights; one series of Family Nights was conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic and the second series was adapted and held remotely due to COVID-19 distancing requirements. Results: Several important themes emerged, including general positive experiences, accessible session logistics, naloxone training, attention to stigma, building recovery capital, group engagement, social interaction, and community action. These themes will help inform future SUD recovery education. Conclusion: Online recovery support events provide a new model for courts and recovery organizations that seek multiple ways to provide connection and support for their participants and families during times when accessibility is prioritized, in-person activities are discouraged, and in resource-sparse and geographically isolated communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSubstance Abuse: Research and Treatment
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The in-person Treatment Court Family Nights were supported by a Statewide Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant (Minnesota DHS, 2017) and the virtual Treatment Court Family Nights were supported by a SAMHSA Rural Opioid Technical Assistance grant (1H79T108900-01).

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  • accessibility
  • Drug court
  • naloxone
  • support
  • treatment

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  • Journal Article


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