If the abuser’s family or close partners are also involved, a treatment plan for those with alcohol and drug addiction problems may produce better results.
In fact, if family members are not involved in understanding drug abuse and its role in family dynamics, if family members continue their dysfunctional or beneficial behavior, it may actually hinder the recovery of alcoholics or drug users.
Therapists recommend that drug abuse consultants incorporate home treatment techniques into their treatment plans.
To this end, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published a handbook, “Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy”, which is a guide for substance abuse counselors and family therapists.
This guide provides family therapists with basic information about drug abuse treatment patterns and the role of the 12-step self-help plan in treating drug abusers and their families.
The guide includes a discussion of treatment models that integrate drug abuse treatment and family therapy. These models can be used as a guide for combined treatment of addicts, their families and other people with close emotional connections.
Home remedies can help
“Family therapy in drug abuse treatment can help people who abuse alcohol or drugs find a life free of drug abuse by using family strength and resources, and improve the impact of chemical dependence on patients and family members, according to SAMHSA. “Family therapy can Help families realize their own needs and help achieve the goal of preventing drug abuse from being passed on from generation to generation. ”
The SAMSHA guidelines warn substance abuse counselors that they must always be aware that home counseling techniques should not be used in situations where the assailant endangers the client or child. The first task is to protect all parties.
The guidelines also warn that family therapy for women with substance use disorders is not suitable for persistent sexual partner abuse. In addition, women who have lost custody of their children may have a strong motivation to overcome drug abuse because they often work hard to get their children back.
Drug abuse affects families
SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #39 identifies the following family structures and how drug abuse affects these families:
- Clients who live alone or with a partner-in this case, both parties need help. If one is chemically dependent and the other is not, there will be a problem of interdependence.
- Customers who live with a spouse or partner and minor children—Most available data indicate that parents’ drinking problems often adversely affect their children. The spouse of the drug abuser may protect the child and assume the parenting responsibilities of the drug abuser’s parent. If both parents drink or take drugs, the impact on the child will be worse.
- Customers who belong to mixed families-the follow-up family faces special challenges, and drug abuse may become an obstacle to the follow-up family’s integration and stability.
- Elderly clients with adult children-may need additional family resources to treat substance use disorders in the elderly. There may be elder abuse that must be reported to local authorities.
- Adolescent drug abusers living with families of origin—siblings in the family may find their needs and concerns ignored, while their parents respond to ongoing crises involving teenage alcohol or drug abuse. If a parent also abuses drugs, this may cause a series of very dangerous physical and emotional problems.
Sometimes drug abuse is ignored
The SAMHSA guidelines also state that family therapists usually do not screen for substance abuse because the therapist is not familiar with the questions to be asked or the prompts provided by the client.
It also emphasizes that substance abuse counselors should not conduct family treatment without proper training and permission, but they should learn enough knowledge to determine when a referral is needed.