Treating Substance Abuse: Partner and Family Approaches.
Special Issue: The Role of Social Work in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.
Klostermann, Keith. O'Farrell, Timothy J.
Published: May-June 2013
Social Work in Public Health
Vol. 28, No. 3-4 , p. 234-247
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Historically, alcohol and other substance use disorders were viewed as individual-based problems that were most effectively treated by focusing on the diagnosed individual. However, in response to numerous clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy (and often superiority) of couple and family treatments for alcoholism and drug abuse, this emphasis on treating the individual has slowly given way to a greater awareness of family members' crucial roles in the etiology, maintenance, and long-term course of substance use and addictive behavior. As a result, clinicians are increasingly interested in understanding substance misuse from a systemic perspective and exploring how partner- and family-involved interventions may be used to address individuals' substance abuse. (Author abstract)
Treatment; Therapeutic intervention; Family therapy; Drug therapy