Recovery Is a Family Affair: The Complex Dynamics in Families Struggling With Mental and Substance Use Disorders
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The process of recovery applies not only for the person with a mental and/or substance use disorder but for all family members as well. A mental and/or substance use disorder in one or both parents can traumatize children, which often has a lasting impact and can lead to multigenerational behavioral health problems. Similarly, a mental and/or substance use disorder in a child has a strong impact on siblings and parents. More and more, the field of behavioral health is recognizing the importance of engaging the entire family in treatment and recovery. This show will demonstrate the positive results gained from taking a whole family approach in treatment and recovery, one in which all family members are engaged and supported in the healing process. Also, family issues in certain settings such as military families and nontraditional families will be explored.