An investigation into the involvement of family in the treatment of substance misuse

Ncube, Vuyisile (2010) An investigation into the involvement of family in the treatment of substance misuse. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This is a literature review of the involvement of family members in the treatment of substance misuse. Substance misuse theories fall into two categories: behavioural family therapy that is concerned with altering reinforcement for drinking behaviour and family systems therapy that is concerned with family functioning. While both approaches receive some empirical support, neither approach emerges as superior. Involvement of family in treatment solves three main problems in addiction treatment. They can get those unmotivated users into treatment, involve the whole family including the user into treatment, and family members can receive support for themselves. They also improve relationships in families. Family interventions in addictions treatment have been hampered by government policies and services that have been designed to work with individuals. Policies have been designed for protection and safe guarding purposes at the expense of therapeutic purposes. The government has had a major change as evidenced in the Think Family policy. However, it has been slow to re-design the existing structures to accommodate family centred interventions. In addition, frontline staff working with substance misuse does not have the expertise to work with families. Social workers have the skills but lack the knowledge of working with substance misuse let alone substance misuse families. Social work training could include substance misuse in its curriculum. Family centred interventions in substance misuse are going to be part of mainstream services. They need reorganisation, strategic planning and retraining of staff to be implemented.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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