Family Ties of Drug Abusers

    loading  Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid


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.

    loading  Loading Related Articles