Bangalore: Family members involved in thetreatment and aftercare of alcohol addicts prevent them fromrelapse, a new study has found. The study by Bangalore-based National Institute ofMental Health and Neuro Sciences examined the impact ofinvolving family members in preventing relapse among menreceiving treatment for alcohol dependence. The findings of the study highlight the importance ofinvolving family members in the treatment and aftercare forpersons with alcohol dependence, Pratima Murthy, Head ofDepartment of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, said.
In the dyadic group, the family member, most often thespouse, actively participated in 8-12 sessions with atherapist, where sessions were focused on understanding theproblem of addiction, monitoring medication, supporting theindividual to handle relapse triggers, stress of day-to-dayliving, time and budget management and problem solving. The `dyad` (family member) was actively involved inpost discharge planning, including adherence to follow-up.Post discharge was scheduled for all three groups at monthlyintervals for the first six months after discharge. For the dyadic intervention group, the family memberwas required to attend all follow-up sessions along with theperson receiving treatment. Family members actively monitoredtreatment adherence at follow up. PTI
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