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Home > Arhiva > 2014 > Numar: 3 > Seriousness of Relationship Problems in Families of Addicted Clients Before Entering a Resocialization Centre

 Seriousness of Relationship Problems in Families of Addicted Clients Before Entering a Resocialization Centre

  • Ľuba Pavelová (Comenius University in Bratislava. The Institute of Social Studies and Curative Education, Šoltésovej Department of Social Work 811 08 Bratislava, +421 0903 258 378, E-mail:

Currently, social work changes in that it shifts its focus to issues of various target groups. Although family social work is one of the methods of social work, it is used only marginally in the area of addictions. By supporting the closest social environment of addicted persons – their family – social work reflects the use of its paradigms in practice. Without understanding the key risk and protective factors of a family, we are not able to make use of all possibilities of work with addicted clients. That’s why the issue of families with addicted members is an area of interest of social work. The lack of relevant empirical data from the family environment of addicted persons reduces the effectiveness of treatment outcomes. Nowadays, academic community is drawing attention towards gathering this knowledge with the intention to use it in effective interventions. The paper presents partial research data of VEGA Project No. 1/0221/11: Evaluation of the Results of Process of Resocialization of Clients in Resocialization Centres in the Slovak Republic It focuses on the seriousness of family relationship problems in addicted clients’ families before entering a resocialization centre. EuropASI and CMRS standardized questionnaires were used as research tools. The first methodology, EuropASI (Blacken, P. - Hendriks, V. - Pozzi, G. - Tempesta, E. - Hartgers, C. - Koeter, M. - Fahrner, E.M. - Gsellhofer, B. - Küfner, H. - Kokkevi, A. - Uchtenhagen, A., 1992) and (Kaminer, Y. - Bukstein, O. - Tarter, R.), focuses on the following life areas: general information, medical status, chemical use (drug – alcohol use), employment/support, family/social relationships, legal status, and psychiatric status and problems. The CMRS (Scale for Substance Abuse Treatment) methodology (De Leon, G., Melnick, G., 1993) is designed for measuring motivation and readiness for treatment and predicting retention in treatment in the group of psychotropic substances users. The obtained results point to the importance of working with the whole family in a basic definition of systems theory in social work.

Keywords: family, addiction, family environment, treatment