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Substance Abuse and the Family

1st Edition

By Michael D. Reiter


274 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Substance Abuse and the Family demonstrates what it means to view addiction through a systems lens by considering biology and genetics, family relationships, and larger systems. Throughout the text, Michael D. Reiter shows how to examine a person’s predilection to become addicted, his or her social environment around substance use, the functionality of his or her family, and various treatment options.

Chapters are organized around two sections: Assessment and Treatment. The first section pays attention to how the family system organizes around substance use and abuse. Here family roles, culture, and other issues such as family violence and resilience are covered. Two chapters are also included on the neuroscience and genetics of addiction, with contributions from Jaime L. Tartar and Christina Gobin. There are also chapters on working with partial systems, using genograms, and working in a culturally-sensitive way (with contributions from Dalis Arismendi), with culture-specific consideration paid to African American, Hispanic and Latin American, Asian American, and Native American families.

The second half of the book explores what a systems orientation means in practice and goes over self-help groups for individuals and families. An overview of the major family therapy theories is included, which examines intergenerational, experiential, communication approaches, strategic, systemic, and post-modern models. A separate chapter examines issues faced by both youth and adult children of alcoholics. Intended for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as beginning practitioners, this text is one of the most penetrating and in-depth examinations on the topic available.



"Substance Abuse and the Family is the most comprehensive guide to understanding and treating individuals from a familial perspective. From the neurological and genetic to the cultural, from the evidence-based and empirically-validated to the post-modern, Dr. Reiter has constructed a clear and coherent system containing the critical lens through which clinicians need to see challenging families effectively and creatively. I guarantee after reading this book you will never view substance abuse care and recovery the same way again." -- Ronald J. Chenail, PhD, Professor of Family Therapy, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University

"Teaching graduate students about substance abuse demands a comprehensive approach that integrates genetics, addiction models, systems thinking, and evidence-based approaches. Michael Reiter fulfills that need with Substance Abuse and the Family." -- Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH, Professor and Director of the Family Therapy Program, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts Boston

"If you are working in the field of addictions, this book needs to be on your shelf. Reiter and his contributors conceptualize addiction from biological, neuroscientific, as well as systemic therapeutic perspectives to reconceptualize addiction through the family's context. Through insightful, conversational guidance, this material advances addiction assessments and treatments by addressing issues in an original, inclusive scope that supports systemic therapy with integrated perspectives." --Arlene Brett Gordon, PhD, LMFT, Director of the Brief Therapy Institute, Department of Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University

Table of Contents

Part I: Assessment 1.Conceptualizing Addiction 2. The Neuroscience of Addiction (Jaime L. Tartar) 3. The Genetics of Addiction (Jaime L. Tartar & Christina Gobin) 4. The Addicted Family 5. Family Diversity and Substance Abuse (Michael D. Reiter & Dalis Arismendi) 6. Roles in the Addicted Family 7. Family Life Cycle 8. Issues in Substance Abusing Families Part II: Treatment 9. Working with Partial Systems 10. Systems Theory 11. Family Therapy Overview I 12. Family Therapy Overview II 13. Family Therapy Application 14. Family Recovery 15. The Substance Abuse Family Therapist

About the Author

Michael D. Reiter, PhD is Professor of Family Therapy in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. Michael is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has authored three previous textbooks, many peer-reviewed journal articles, and presented at national and international conferences on various aspects of family therapy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family