Family Functioning and Readiness in Family Recovery from Addiction

Spencer Bradshaw, Sterling Shumway, Eugene Wang, Kitty Harris, Douglas Smith, Heather Austin-Robillard

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Unhealthy family dynamics often develop in families where addiction is present, negatively impacting individual and family health. Family members becoming ready to make personal changes might positively impact family functioning and improve family support. Research has not examined this relationship with regards to family recovery. Structural equation modeling examined family member readiness to change and family functioning over time. Readiness and family functioning positively and reciprocally associated with each other across two assessment points. Gender associated with initial readiness to change and family functioning. Individual readiness to change may enhance family functioning and promote recovery-oriented changes for each family member.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-41
JournalJournal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery
StatePublished - Jan 2016


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