Family Adaptation to Substance Abuse

  • Edward Kaufman
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (ACPH)


At the present time, it is commonly accepted that substance abuse has a profound effect on the family, generally leading to greater psycho-pathology in all or most individual members as well as to impairment in family system functioning. Several other major issues remain controversial. The first of these deals with which specific types of family dysfunction lead to substance abuse, particularly to abuse of different drugs and alcohol. A second major problem in the field is the relative lack of a clear demonstration of the efficacy of family therapy, and particularly of its superiority over other forms of treatment for substance abuse. Our current knowledge of these areas will be a major emphasis of this chapter. Lastly, another area worthy of exploration is the extent to which family pathology precedes and leads to substance abuse as opposed to the extent to which it is a consequence of substance abuse.


Substance Abuse Substance Abuser Family Therapy Family System Drug Abuser 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Kaufman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorUniversity of California Irvine, California College of Medicine101 City Drive South, OrangeUSA

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