Home > Psychological interventions with families of alcohol misusers: a systematic review.

Templeton, Lorna [The Alcohol Education and Research Council] . (2011) Psychological interventions with families of alcohol misusers: a systematic review. London: The Alcohol Education and Research Council. 7 p. Alcohol Insight number 78

Background
The misuse of alcohol is of major national and international public health concern and can bring significant harm and burden to family members, resulting in increased use of health and social care services and a drain on their resources.

There is increasing evidence of a variety of ways of working with families affected by alcohol misuse to achieve positive outcomes. Whilst several systematic reviews have focused on interventions for people with alcohol problems, few reviews have attempted to synthesise findings from studies of family focused interventions; those which have been done are quite old, and have tended to focus on drug problems (or drug and alcohol problems), and towards outcomes related to treatment engagement and retention and the alcohol or drug consumption of the misuser. The evidence in this area is growing but is disparate and needs reviewing and synthesising in a systematic way so that informed decisions can be made about developing policy, practice and research in this area. An up-to-date review of interventions for family members would help guide the current significant and overdue shift towards more holistic treatment.

Therefore, the aims of this review were:
1.To undertake a comprehensive and systematic review of the literature on psychological interventions for families affected by alcohol misuse.
2.To assess the available evidence on the effectiveness of psychological interventions in improving life for family members of alcohol misusers.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:Psychosocial treatment method
Source:The Alcohol Education and Research Council
Date:2011
Pages:7 p.
Publisher:The Alcohol Education and Research Council
Place of Publication:London
Notes:Related report from Addiction Research & Theory 18(6): 616-648 available from publisher's website.
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Related URLs:
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care administration > Health care quality control
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Drugs and alcohol disorder > Alcohol use
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Family or marital therapy
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family structure > Family support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and drugs and alcohol > Drugs and alcohol related family problems

Repository Staff Only: item control page