Families Can Successfully Fight Addiction Problems Says Dr. James Strawbridge in New Book, Unraveling The Psychological Mystery of Addictions

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Have an addicted family member? Answers for how families can get help using intervention methods are discussed in Unraveling The Psychological Mystery Of Addictions, by Dr. James Strawbridge.

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"The entire family suffers mentally and physically when one of them is addicted to alcohol or durgs," says Dr. James Strawbridge, in his new book, Unraveling The Psychological Mystery Of Addictions. "As the book points out the family feels helpless, but they can actually be the most important first step leading to controlling the problem," advises Dr. James Strawbridge in his new book Unraveling The Psychological Mystery of Addictions. The book uses actual questions from many of Dr. Strawbridge's patient's family members. Participating in a family intervention if the beginning of their involvement. This may also be conducted with close friends.

"Before there is an intervention there is an assessment interview by an assigned substance abuse counselor that lasts for about an hour. Finding out what has happened to the addicted person during childhood and the following growth years is crucial to approaching the problem," notes Strawbridge. The book questions family relationships during those years, such as were drugs and alcohol part of family life.

The book points out that usually the close friends involved in an intervention will be those who have been acquainted the longest and are currently involved. Questions regarding recent or developing changes in behavior and romantic relationships will be asked .The next step, according to Strawbridge is the actual intervention with family or friends.

As the book observes, intervention isn't easy for the family since they have to personally confront the addict and tell how his or her actions have effected their lives. Actual questions and answers from families and friends are used,

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