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 The Importance of Counselling for the Drug Addicts’ Families to Overcome Crisis Situations

  • Monica Luminiţa Alexandru (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, 9 Schitu Măgureanu Street, District 5, Bucharest, Romania, phone: +40735659399, E-mail: )

In order to understand addiction is necessary not only to focus on medical symptoms, but also to examine the constellation of behavioural interaction – reflected in psychosocial development – within the family or community. These influences stimulate and regulate individual behaviour. Although, family-related factors have a major importance in the etiology of drug consumption, we cannot ignore environmental, individual or contextual factors.
Family counselling is recommended in cases where the drug consumer cannot reach abstinence because of a life style that is non-adaptive in family relations. In these cases, the members of the consumer’s family need help to readjust their inadequate behaviour and attitudes. The improvement of interpersonal and interfamilial relations eliminates conflicts and dysfunctions in the family, favours the process of orientation toward abstinence, and significantly reduces the risk of relapse.

Keywords: addiction, medical symptoms, drug consumption, family counselling