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8th International Conference on Addictive Disorders and Alcoholism

Singapore City, singapore

Karen Franklin

Karen Franklin

Family Intervention & Recovery Services, USA

Title: Improving Addiction Treatment Outcomes through Intervention, Case Management and Family Involvement


Biography: Karen Franklin


Statement of the Problem: Studies have confirmed the central role of family in addiction treatment positively impacts outcomes. Addiction recovery may appear to be a personal journey; however, it often actually ends up being a group effort. Family members have a role to play in every phase of addressing addiction – from the earliest stages of encouraging them to seek treatment on through the maintenance of ongoing recovery.

Methodology & Theoretical Orientation:  Intervention helps to change perspectives for many families giving them the first exposure to addiction as a disorder affecting the brain of the person struggling.  The family is educated on how their own denial and how enabling of the problem plays into the cycle that is addiction.  When the family stops contributing to the problem, there is the beginning of change to break the cycle.  Without education, the family continues in the cycle of dysfunction, chaos and distress.

Findings: A study at a treatment facility in India examined whether family members involvement in intervention and relapse prevention would improve the individual’s success in remaining sober. The study was conducted by Prasanthi Nattala, Kit Sang Leung, Nagarajaiah and Pratima Muthy.  The intervention group participants consistently showed better results than those in the non-intervention group on all of the outcomes, such as reduction in quantity of alcohol, drinking days, and number of days with dysfunction in family, occupational and financial dimensions. The study’s findings show the important of family “buy-in” when an individual enters treatment for alcohol use disorder. The involvement of a family member helps ensure that an individual will be successful in avoiding relapse.

Conclusion & Significance: On-going involvement in case management, family recovery coaching and after care planning by an intervention professional, helps the family to begin their own journey of recovery which in turn helps them to become stronger and more supportive in healthy behaviors.