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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. [EMCDDA] (2017) Online policy and practice briefings: Adult family members of people with drug problems. Lisbon: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

URL: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/best-practice/briefing...

There are different ways in which families of people who use drugs may be affected and may affect the drug use of their family member. Some are positive and some are negative. This section focuses on the problems experienced by adult family members of people who have drug problems and the potential role of families in supporting treatment engagement.

Families of people who use drugs can experience a wide range of harms: worry and psychological distress leading to physical and mental ill-health; harm from domestic violence; exposure to threats and violence associated with the drug debts and the involvement of the drug-using family member in the illicit market; the financial burden of directly and indirectly supporting a drug user; impact on employment from stress or caring responsibilities; strain on family relationships; and loss of social life and isolation.

Family members can make a positive contribution by supporting the family member who uses drugs and encouraging them to engage with treatment.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:EMCDDA
Date:October 2017
Publisher:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Lisbon
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Substance related societal (social) problems
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Family-focused prevention
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 relations > Family role
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of parent
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime and violence > Crime against persons (assault / abuse / intimidation)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Social services > Services for family and children
T Demographic characteristics > Young adult
T Demographic characteristics > Parent
VA Geographic area > Europe

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