Family Ties of Drug Abusers


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Abstract

This study examined the family ties of heroin addicts applying for drug treatment. Information was abstracted from the intake applications of 98 consecutive admissions to a methadone maintenance program to determine the extent to which they were connected with family members. Results indicated that the family ties were substantial. Approximately 67% of the addicts lived with a family member, including 26% who lived with a parent; half were born in the local area; 75% claimed to have close relationships with their mothers. Although the study has several limitations, the results imply that drug treatment programs might increase their effectiveness by using a family systems approach.

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