Examining Stressors and Available Parenting Resources for Opioid-Using Mothers: Qualitative Findings from an Inpatient Substance Use Treatment Program

  • A. MorelandEmail author
  • C. Hartley
  • S. DelMas
  • A. McRae-Clark
Original Paper


Given the alarming opioid epidemic, high prevalence of parents involved in substance use treatment programs for opioid use disorder, and critical role that parenting stress plays on opioid use and relapse, the current study examines stressors experienced by mothers enrolled in substance use treatment. Specifically, interviews were conducted with mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD) enrolled in an inpatient substance use treatment program, to identify common themes and develop recommendations related to interventions targeting common stressors among this population. A significant number of parent-related, substance use-related, and other stressors were present prior to and during substance use treatment; with more stressors reported during treatment than prior to treatment. Mothers with OUD reported that they would be interested in receiving parenting services, but that relevant parenting resources were not offered during substance use treatment.


Opioid use disorder Stress Parenting Qualitative 



This study was supported by Grant 5K12DA031794-03 to support the first author, as well as by NIH Grants P50DA016511, R01DA021690, and K24DA038240 to support work by the last author.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

There are no conflicts of interest to report and authors certify all responsibility for the manuscript.

Ethical Approval

University IRB approval was obtained and adhered to. Informed consent was obtained for all human subjects research; the research did not involve animals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Crime Victims Research and Treatment CenterMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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