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Chapter 14 - Addiction Problems in a Family and Social Context

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This chapter begins by arguing that a complete view of substance use disorders needs to take into account the focal client’s wider family and social network, as members of this network are both potential sources and recipients of help. Evidence is presented to suggest that the impacts of alcohol, drugs and other addiction problems on others may constitute a major neglected public health problem. Two methods are then described in detail – the 5-Step Method and Social Behaviour and Network Therapy (SBNT). Both incorporate a fuller conceptual understanding of these problems, embedding the primary substance use disorder within a wider social context. Both the 5-Step Method and SBNT can be used within an integrated pathway for service users, where affected family members can be identified and engaged in 5-Step Method help if necessary while also supporting the user in SBNT-type sessions. Both interventions can be offered as stand-alone or in combination.

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