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This paper focuses on assisting families who have been damaged by substance abuse and on constructive involvement of families to help all members cope. The four main topics are: (1) "Substance Abuse and Family Systems," including the effects of substance abuse on families and children; (2) "Theories and Approaches to Family Interventions," including family systems theory, stages in family counseling, main types of family therapies, and other useful approaches; (3) "Obstacles to Coping," such as codependency and other barriers which may undermine efforts in prevention and intervention; and (4) "Best Practices in Assisting and Utilizing Families in Substance Abuse Rehabilitation." Since substance abuse is a complex biocultural condition, narrowly focused linear treatment approaches are insufficient in achieving meaningful coping skills and change. Two broad treatment strategies that are recommended are prevention and intervention with family systems and family members, and involvement of family systems in intervention with their substance abusing member. Also included is a facilitator's manual which is a practical guide for teaching content through guided experiential projects. Five objectives are listed, and five student exercises are provided. (Contains 91 references and 3 tables.) (Author/MKA)

Descriptors: Change, Coping, Counseling Theories, Cultural Influences, Family Counseling, Intervention, Prevention, Substance Abuse, Systems Approach

Author: English, R. William


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