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Family treatment has become an ongoing component of most alcoholism treatment programs The main emphasis of such treatment is on the affects of alcoholism on family roles and enabling patterns However many programs lack clear goals and objectives for involving family members or provide the same type of treatment for each family This may be due to the fact that there is no universal or routine model of family treatment for alcoholismMost proposed interventions focus on individual family members and do not address interactions and roles among members Whats more treatment is often provided without a through assessment of the familys unique needsAlcoholism is a progressive illness that occurs in stages In broadening this definition to include a progressive family illness the first step in intervention and treatment for the alcoholic family is to determine its stage of adjustment to the illness As with individual alcoholics different stages of family illness require different interventions and the right intervention at the right time improves the chance for a successful treatment outcomeThis paper offers criteria for diagnosis and intervention with three stages of family alcoholism-early middle and latter-and conducts with helpful interventions on treatment resources for alcoholic familiesEarly Stage Family Alcoholism Early stage family alcoholism is characterized by denial Drinking episodes are minimized rationalized and discussion about alcoholism is avoided Most often during this stage family members experience no great adjustment in their roles and expectations because of the alcoholic members drinking Anger and resentment toward the drinking person or other family members is repressed and disagreeing goes unvoiced for fear of causing a drinking episode The family adopts other means to cope with the illness yet to the outside world the early stage alcoholic family is the looking good familyCase1 Jack is 27 years old and an alcoholic His parents John and Mary are both professionals John an accountant and Mary a teacher Jack was recently arrested for his second DWI driving while intoxicated charge in
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