The Role of Family in Residential Treatment Patient Retention

  • Carson McPhersonEmail author
  • Holly Boyne
  • Robert Willis
Clinical Case Studies


This study aims to examine the completion rate of individuals in a residential addiction center when the individual’s family members or significant others participate in the therapeutic process, contrasted with those who have no family participation. Data was analyzed from 274 patients enrolled in a residential addiction treatment program. These patients were divided into two groups, one having had family participation during treatment, the other having no family participation. These groups were analyzed for successful program completion across various characteristics. Outcome analysis reported a 9.62 % increased program completion rate for those with a family member or significant other involved in a seven-day family program.


Family Addiction Treatment Outcome Completion 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Carson McPherson, Holly Boyne, and Dr. Robert Willis declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Informed Consent

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the study.

Statement of Human Rights

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cedars Cobble HillCobble HillCanada
  2. 2.Royal Roads UniversityVictoriaCanada
  3. 3.University of Guelph-HumberTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Vancouver Island UniversityNanaimoCanada

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