Family Support as an Intervention Strategy in Drug Addiction Recovery
Mohd Hussin, Abdul Halim, Islamic Science University of Malaysia; Abdullah, Mardziah Hayati, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
This study examined the impact of intensive and ongoing family support as the common denominator in the recovery process of addicts who had undergone treatment. Elements and forms of support as intervention strategies to help recovering addicts maintain stability were identified. An analysis of family support factors for 25 successfully recovering addicts was conducted using factor-rating techniques. The factors included emotional support, psychological support, physical support, and vocational support. Levels and strength of support were measured for time spent, quality of interaction, and commitment of family members. This study also looked at psycho-education given to family members by helpers or counselors as a factor in determining the successful involvement of family members in the intervention process. The findings suggest that family support in the intervention process, enhanced by psycho-education, contributes to a higher rate of recovery success among addicts.