This research paper will investigate extenuating factors that influence chemical dependency within the family and focusing on the restoration of these families into a healthy state of balance through family involvement. Addictive families are no longer a family organized around respect for each other, intimacy, or belonging; the chemical dependency family is now organized around addiction. Addiction is an illness that destroys a person’s ability to create and sustain meaningful relationships. Over time, everyone in an addictive family must adjust and adapt to profound psychological, emotional, and spiritual losses. This research paper will address scientific evidence surrounding suggested factors that contribute to family history, family structure, interventions and services for substance abuse problems. Key variables such as genetic factors and environmental influences will also be examined.
Chemical Dependency and the Family
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