Family Communication in the Context of Substance use: What do We Know and What Measures We can Take?
Keywords:Family, Substance Use, Systems theory, Parenting
Substance use disorders do have a significant impact of the family. Alternately, it has also been seen that certain family characteristics and family environment may have an important contribution to the development of substance use disorder. Thus, families have an intricate relationship with substance use disorder, at times, facilitating substance use; at other times, preventing from substance use; and at still other times, being affected by substance use disorders. Communication in the family is an important consideration in the relationship of substance use disorder and its impact on the family. Altered communication patters have been noted in the families, while at the same time, many interventions have focused on altering family communications to improve outcomes. This narrative review discusses the relationship of the family communication and substance use disorders. The review discusses the theoretical considerations of family communication, the influence of communication on substance use disorder, substance specific communications, influence of substance use on communication and the role of communication in family-based interventions. The literature emerging from India on the topic has also been discussed.
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