Bring Them All: New documentary shines spotlight on families and addiction recovery

September 27, 2017

According to the 2016 SAMHSA National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities (N-SSATS), only 21% of facilities offered at least one special program or group to serve pregnant and postpartum women. Services for their children were even scarcer. Only 6.4% of facilities offered childcare and 2.6% offered residential beds for clients’ children.

Yet family-centered care that acknowledges the importance of relationships can improve treatment outcomes for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders. 

A new documentary produced by the ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (ATTC CoE-PPW) promotes a family-centered approach to addiction treatment and recovery.

“Bring Them All” tells the story of family-centered care through the perspectives of clients and staff at SHIELDS for Families, a treatment program in Compton, CA, which proves that the seemingly impossible can be done: to move forward a generation of children who never experience—or even remember—the challenges of growing up with family addiction.

A pioneer in this model of care, co-founder and CEO, Kathryn Icenhower, Ph.D., and her team describe what it’s like to work in a program that lets women bring their whole family to experience the recovery journey together.

“Addiction is a family disease,” Sarah Knopf-Amelung, Executive Producer, shares. “Yet mothers are often treated in isolation from their children and partners, having to choose between getting treatment and keeping their families together. This revolutionary program changes all of that by letting women bring them all—fathers/partners and children of all ages.”

The ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (ATTC CoE-PPW) was established to support the behavioral health workforce by developing family-centered care training curricula, a web-based toolkit, and intensive technical assistance for treatment programs. Its website offers free online training, an extensive resource library, and opportunities to connect and link with experts and other innovative family-centered treatment programs and resources. The ATTC CoE-PPW is funded by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). To learn more about the documentary, please visit

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