The substance abuse field has long recognized the need to have the family and other support persons involved in an individual's recovery effort; unfortunately most mental health facilities still lack family education services of any type for a variety of reasons. This pilot study focused on utilizing a structured family group in an outpatient alcohol/other drug treatment setting. It represents a preliminary effort to study patients' and family members' experiences and level of satisfaction with the group process. Participants reported having an overall positive experience within the multi-family group. The data suggests that being able to share in an open environment and family/support participation in the group were more important than the specific topic that was covered. Participants reported high levels of satisfaction with their counselors, the group process, and the positive impact the group had on their marital and/or family relationships.
- Alcohol treatment
- Family support
- Multi-family groups
- Outpatient treatment facility