Project BRIGHT: An Attachment-Based Intervention for Mothers with Substance Use Disorders and Their Young Children

  • Ruth ParisEmail author
  • Amy Sommer
  • Beth Marron
Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)


In the context of increasing rates of opioid misuse, particularly by women of childbearing age with histories of trauma, this chapter describes the background, evidence base, conceptual framework, and practice parameters for an attachment-based evidence-informed dyadic intervention utilizing the principles of child-parent psychotherapy with mothers and infants impacted by substance use disorders (SUDs). A strong focus of this chapter is to elaborate on the emotional needs of mothers in early recovery as they enter into the parenting role and on the needs of substance-exposed newborns and their role in fragile infant-parent dyads. A case is presented at the end of the chapter so that readers are better able to conceptualize this novel application of dyadic psychotherapy.


Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Attachment-based Interventions Child Parent Psychotherapy Composite Case Example Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston University School of Social WorkBostonUSA
  2. 2.Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Center for Early Relationship SupportWalthamUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Health and RecoveryCambridgeUSA

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