Hope, Readiness, and Coping in Family Recovery From Addiction

Spencer Bradshaw, Sterling T. Shumway, Eugene W. Wang, Kitty S. Harris, Douglas B. Smith, Heather Austin-Robillard

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Addiction adversely affects families, making family recovery important. Family members appear to benefit from hope, healthy coping skills, and a readiness to change. Family recovery research is limited and relationships between these variables are underexplored. Using structural equation modeling, preparation for change at initial assessment before a family treatment program predicted higher hope and coping skills after participation. Initial levels of hope predicted coping skills posttreatment. Gender, treatment track of the addict, and family members’ relation to the addict showed significant effects. The importance of family members’ hope, coping, and readiness to change in family recovery are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-336
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015


  • addiction
  • family
  • hope
  • readiness
  • recovery


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