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Learning about Substance Use Disorder is the family members responsibility 

Introduction

The family has a central role to play in the treatment of any health problem, including substance abuse. Family work has become a strong and continuing theme of many treatment approaches (Kaufmann and Kaufman 1992a ; McCrady and Epstein 1996), but family therapy is not used to its greatest capacity in substance abuse treatment. A primary challenge remains the broadening of the substance abuse treatment focus from the individual to the family.  We must educate the family on what will happen in their journey with substance use disorder.  This will empower them to respond in a more productive and helpful manner. 


It is important to understand the complex role that families members can play in substance abuse treatment. They can be a source of help to the treatment process, or they can hurt the process of recovery. The family members are concerned about the Individual Patient’s substance abuse, but they also have their own goals and issues. Providing education to the whole family can improve treatment effectiveness, reduce family stress, decrease relapse, strength the bonds of the family members.  Therefore two fronteers exist, 1. to educate the family on their journey with substance use disorder, 2. get them to seek family member therapy.  This will increase their functionality (ability to do) and probability (likely desire to do it). 


Meeting the challenges of working together will call for mutual understanding, flexibility, and adjustments among the family members. This shift will require a stronger focus on the family system as they interact as a family and their level of understanding in what is likely to happen next. This can only be achieved through education and learning models designed for the family. The other divergent practices of the family members must be reconciled in family therapy, this is why the family members need to consider getting care for themselves while getting educated about their journey.  Part of getting educated about the journey is learning more about themselves and family members and understanding the roles we play in the family. Again, the goal is to increase the family members knowledge which increases the functionality and strengthen their coping skills which impacted their probability.  The Family Solution Finder will educate them, and in seminar # 3 Different ypes of family therapy will give them a resource to discover and improve themselves. 

Each Seminar Adds to the Families "Plan of Action"

At the end of each learning session the attendee is asked to use the information provided to write their own family plan of action for that topic. Upon completing these assignments the family members accumulates  over 32 issues that are likely to occur in the family journey. 

This family now has a PLAN OF ACTION, made in advance, covering how they will respond to each issue.

This is Family Empowerment.

The "Family Solution Finder" Study Guide & Workbook, Learning Library of Seminars

The Family Solution Finder Learning Seminars is a set of two books which you purchase: 1. The Family Solution Finder Study Guide, 2. The Family Solution Finder Workbook.  The Study Guide takes the family member through  over 30 specific topics covering primary issues faced by a family that has a family member with a substance use disorder.  None of our material is for the person with a substance use disorder. And all of our content should not be acted upon until after it is reviewed with the guidance of a professional. A person may purchase the books and run their own family education seminars. Also, treatment centers, church ministries, government agencies, small support groups or large conference breakout sessions can use this material. 


We address these topics from the perspective of  1. this is a disease of the brain, 2. the family is at its best when they are empowered with knowledge, 3. The community can do more for a family that understands their needs, has a plan to address issues and knows how to use the service that are available.  We believe, without these three issues guiding the family, the family will be lost as so many are today. 


The Family Solution FInder Study Guide is complemented by the"Family Solution Finder Workbook". The two books complete the learning process as one study guide and workbook learning seminar with videos. Both should be used together as you read and take each seminar.   


Q: What Has Changed?       Ans: Everything Has Changed!

The effects on the family may include:

Emotional burden. Members may feel anger, frustration, anxiety, fear, worry, depression, shame and guilt, or embarrassment.

• Economic burden. This may be caused by money spent on substances, or money problems associated with the loss of jobs or reliance on public assistance.

Relationship Distress or Dissatisfaction. Families may experience high rates of tension and conflict related to the SUD and problems it causes in the family.

Family Instability. This may result from abuse or violence, or family breakup due to separation, divorce, or removal of children from the home by Children and Youth Services.

Effects on the developing fetus and children. Alcohol use during pregnancy can harm fetal development causing birth defects and problems in child development. Infants born to opioid-dependent mothers are at increased risk for neonatal abstinence syndrome, which can contribute to developmental or cognitive delays. Children of parents with SUDs are at increased risk for abuse or neglect, physical problems, poor behavioral or impulse control, poor emotional regulation, conduct or oppositional disorders, poorer academic performance, psychiatric problems such as depression or anxiety, and substance abuse.

Effects on Parents. Mothers with SUDs may show less sensitivity and emotional availability to infants. Parents of a child with a SUD may feel guilty, helpless, frustrated, angry, or depressed.


The effects of a SUD on a specific family or concerned significant other are determined by the severity of the disorder, the presence of other serious problems such as psychiatric illness, behaviors exhibited by the family member with an SUD, support available for the family, and the family members’ coping strategies. Some family members are more resilient than others and less prone to the adverse effects of the SUD. Not everyone responds the same way. 

Get Educated: The Family Solution Finder Study Guide & Workbook

In the family Solution Finder Workbook the family member will be asked to take the information provided in the study guide book and apply to the current life of the family.  The average seminar duration is 1.5hrs. This includes work sessions and video learning. It is here where the family member gets a real world understanding of the information that is provided. 


This work session also contributes to the Family Plan of Action and provides valuable capacity to include others who support the family. 


The Family Solution Finder "Study Guide" Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION: ………………………….…………………............…1


Phase I. It’s About the Family Dynamic……………………....… 5

The family is a system ………………………….………….…........…8

Different roles of the family members ……….………..…..….10

Childhood Trauma .................................................................11

Different types of family therapy…………...……………….......12

The four primary support structures for a family……….…18


Phase II. Get Educated About the disease…......……………..25

Getting a diagnosis…………………………………….………..........32

Substance Use Disorder is a brain disease …………………..40

The disease progresses in stages ……...………………………//43

Relapse is a part of this bran disease journey …….......…..50


Phase III. Get Organized…..…..…….………………………....… 55

12 key issues a family faces in Substance Use Disorder….64

The obstacles a family faces in this journey…………..…....70

Using the Family Transformation Response Model (F.T.R.)..…..75

Family Decision Making model ……….…………………….….86


Phase IV. Create A Family Plan of Action ……...…….…....105

Elements of a Family Plan of Action ………………………....132

Roles and responsibilities in the family plan of action .155

Getting Networked, in advance …………………………..…..182


Appendix(s)……………………………………………………........205

Suicide Prevention ….……………………..……….. …….…....206

Wealth Management in Substance Use Disorder……....235

Foster Care Services in Substance Use Disorder ……..250

NARCAN ……………………………………….….…………...........265

Peer to Peer Services ………………………………….…..…… 276



The Family is a System

The family is a System covers how a family seeks balance, the obstacles that get in the way of relationships and how to navigate around these obstacles.  

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Get educated

In Part II. you will learn about the disease, how to get a diagnosis, why it is a brain disease, how the disease progresses, what is a relapse. 

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Get organized

Part III. you will learn about the disease obstacles and how to break them down into achievable parts, the 12 key issues you will likely experience, what to do about them and how to use two critical survival tools: 1. the Family Transformational Response Model and 2. The Family Decision Making Model. 

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Get Networked

BUilding a support network is achievable because the family now knows what is likely to happen in the future. Also, this step creates for a stronger family plan where each member can take a role is setting up that category of services. Family Coordination Resource Network,  See the M.O.R.E. Program Seminar "Getting Neworked in Advance".

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The Learning Videos

For the purpose of access we have chosen the strongest video contact by professional presenter on www.yourtube.com .  Therefore, the attendee will need access to the internet in order to view these selected presentations.   Each seminar has a relevant video to expand the learning of that subject category. 

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Self Administrated or with a Group

Each seminar can be self administered, by buying the Study Guide, Workbook and access to the internet the family member will have all that is needed to present these courses. No prior knowledge of the jopic is required. The books include what is needed to follow along and learn. 

The same is true for a person seeking to present these seminars in a group setting. All they need is for the attendee's to have a Study Guide and Workbook. The presenter then asks the attendees to read the material and then watch the video. The Workbook includes  open topics for groups discussions. 

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