This website takes an objective approach to habit to both help people who deal with it and to educate the community about different addictions as well as treatment solutions.
Historically, alcoholism and drug addiction have been viewed by the majority of treatment providers and researchers, as well as by the public at large, as problems of the ‘individual’. This long-standing framework from which substance use disorders are viewed is succinctly captured in the commonly stated axiom among treatment providers, “Alcoholism and drug abuse are individual problems best treated on an individual basis.” During the last four decades, the tide of reports from treatment providers and the patients themselves revealed that this view simply did not match reality. Family members’ play a crucial role in the etiology and maintenance of, not to mention the long-term recovery from, various kinds of addictive behaviors. In sum, the family and home environments were simply too important to ignore. Consequently, treatment providers and researchers alike have placed greater emphasis on understanding drinking and drug use from the systemic family perspective and, in turn, on exploring how consideration of partner- and family-dynamics may understand and used to address individuals’ substance abuse.
The Addiction and Family Research Group promotes, through research, clinical practice, and training, the understanding of family relationships in addictive behavior, as well as partner- and family-involved intervention approaches for alcoholism and drug abuse. This site is dedicated to providing information that will be useful for those who share this view (including researchers, clinicians, clients and their families) and those who wish to learn more.