Dr. Adams will discuss his research into outcomes for individuals that participated in his study: The Impact of Involvement in Residential Treatment of Persons with SUD on Family Members: A Mixed Methods Study. The research was conducted in fulfilment of requirements for his doctorate degree and was completed April of 2019 but is yet unpublished. This innovative study involved family members of individuals that were in treatment for SUD, who participated in week long program called Residential Family Restructuring, which resulted in improvements in their depression and stress and other dimensions of their overall wellness, supporting the effectiveness of family systems treatment for SUD.
Dr Adams will present on various benefits to family participation in treatment, including improved outcomes for the identified patients as well as improvements in measures of mental health and wellness for the participating family members. He will explore methods that have had a more desired effect on outcomes and methods that have helped the entire family heal and effect positive change including family restructuring, family assessment protocols and techniques that encourage family involvement past the intervention stage.
This presentation will be useful for CEOs, senior management and Clinical Directors within the substance abuse fields, looking to advance and expand their family programmes.
1. To gain an understanding of how the substance use disorder of an identified patients impacts the family members within the family system through an examination of dimensions of their mental health including levels of depression, anxiety and stress.
2. To identify and explore assessments, techniques and interventions that foster family healing and effect positive change within the family system such as family involved treatment programs and Residential Family Restructuring.
3. To discuss the lived experience of family members that have participated in the treatment of loved ones with substance use disorders, discuss treatment outcomes for family involved care, and to identify clinical and continuing care needs for family members.