Family Therapy is Helping Addicts to Stay Sober

Family Therapy is Helping Addicts to Stay Sober

The majority of the families in the United States use family therapy as a part of their program.  Families often need therapy because they have gone through the drug addiction along with the person that is being treated. It is not uncommon for mothers and fathers to be afraid of their child because of the emotional and physical abuse that they may have endured.  It is not uncommon to hear a sibling say that they can’t get the image out of their head of their brother/sister being affected by drugs.

When a person gets out of treatment, families often need to encourage their loved ones to stay sober.  They are often the eyes and ears to their sobriety.  Family members also encourage their loved ones to stay in therapy or rehab. Without loving support, an addict will often leave a treatment program because they think that nobody loves them.  It is important for the addict to know that someone on the outside loves and cares about them.

Some well-known family therapy models are: The Functional Family Therapy Model (FFT), Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), Multisystemic therapy (MST), Multifamily Educational Intervention (MEI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Here are a few books that I recommend for reading on the topic:

  • Bridges to Recovery: Addiction, Family Therapy, and Multicultural Treatment by Jo-ann Krestan
  • Couple and Family Therapy of Addiction (Library of Substance Abuse Treatment)
  • Family Therapy of Drug Abuse and Addiction by M. Duncan Stanton
  • 103 Group Activities and Tips (Treatment Ideas and Practical Strategies) by Judith Belmont
  • Management of the Addicted patient in Primary Care by Heidi A. Pomm
  • Addiction Recovery Management: Theory, Research and Practice (Current Clinical Psychiatry) by John F. Kelly and William L. White

Here are some of the most well-known psychologists that make a difference in the field of psychology:

Alberta Bandura – Specializes in therapy, personality, behaviorism and cognition.  He was awarded the Grawemeyer award when he was 82 years old.  His impact on psychology is one of the most impactful in the world.  You can find a collection of his book titles here:

Some of this greatest titles are: Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control and Moral Disengagement.


Susan Carey – A graduate of Harvard University.  She currently is a professor for the department of psychology at Harvard. Yes, she is extremely intelligent!  One of the best minds of the 21st century in the field of psychology.  She is a recipient of the Rumelhart Prize in 2009.  Susan is the author of a book entitled, “Conceptual Change in Childhood.”

Barbara L. Fredrickson – She is known for her work in social psychology, counseling and being a university professor.  Barbara is a graduate of Standford University.  She won the American Psychological Associations Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology as well.  She is so smart and gifted at what she does that she was awarded a $100,000 grant as well to help her in future work.


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