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Engaging Families

Family members play an important role in treatment for behavioral health problems. Here are some tips and strategies for getting families involved.

Getting Family Members Involved in Your Client's Recovery

Involving client families in therapy can improve communications, reduce stress, and help your client's recovery from co-occurring disorders. Here are some tips and guides for getting families involved. Learn more

Family Therapy: Tips to Improve Communication

Communication problems can raise any family’s stress level. When a family member has co-occurring disorders, communications can sometimes require extra effort. Learn more

Fact Sheets

Download these PDFs for more information about the following disorders:

This fact sheet can help explain the causes of co-occurring disorders:

Family Program

Family Program

Nine Strategies for Families Helping a Loved One in Recovery

Family members can play an important role in helping a loved one with co-occurring disorders. Here are a few strategies they can use to support a loved one's recovery. Learn more

The Stress-Vulnerability Model of Co-occurring Disorders

The stress-vulnerability model can help family members understand the causes of psychiatric disorders, how psychiatric disorders and addiction can influence each other, and how co-occurring disorders can be managed and treated together. Learn more

Clinicians' Guide
to Engaging Families
The Co-occurring Disorders Program helps treatment programs implement effective, integrated services for people with non-severe mental health disorders that co-occur with substance use disorders.

Family ProgramOne component, Family Program, helps family members learn about the client's specific psychiatric disorder and how it interacts with the substance use disorder. Learn more

A Helpful Guide
for Families

Shock WavesShock Waves is a practical, user-friendly guide for those who love someone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, whether that person is a survivor of war or of another harrowing situation or event.

Cynthia Orange shows readers how to identify what PTSD symptoms look like in real life, respond to substance abuse and other co-occurring disorders, manage their reactions to a loved one's violence and rage, find effective professional help, and prevent their children from experiencing secondary trauma.
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