The focus is on restructuring problematic family interaction patterns associated with alcohol and substance use. Family-based therapy develops behavioral approaches and social learning strategies, promoting the family’s pro-social behaviors to reduce substance abuse. Goals of family-based therapy include:
- Addressing problems with a mentally ill or substance abusing/addicted family member
- Identifying negative family patterns that contribute to the problem
- Learning how to support abstinence
- Rebuilding family relationship
A combination of individual and group therapy sessions (like family-based therapy) is a significant characteristic in relapse prevention treatment and critical in maintaining sustained health.