The aim of this presentation is to provide a basis for conceptualizing substance abuse through a family systems lens and explore treatment options that integrate family education and participation when appropriate. Participants will be invited to expand their view of the identified patient to understand how the individual’s behavior is influenced by the interconnected contexts of family relationships, genetics, adverse childhood experiences and larger systems. Various family structures where SUDs are present will be identified and the value of family education or intervention for each will be discussed. Other topics covered include the role of mutual support groups, the concept of recovery capital, a systemic view of relapsing, reconstruction of the family system, and the stages of family recovery.
- Describe what it means to view substance use disorders through a family systems lens.
- Identify key components of family-based education and treatment for SUD and discern when it is appropriate based on the structure of the family system
- Discuss the value of integrating family centered treatment for SUD patients receiving Medication Assisted Treatment.