21Harm Reduction as a Model for Families Responding to Substance Abuse

Patt Denning

Introduction

How would you react if your son or daughter told you they were using drugs? What about if you saw your father doing drugs? Would you even know what to think, let alone what to do? You find that the Internet offers too much information that doesn't quite fit with your situation. This is what happens to thousands of people each day – a sudden awareness of something scary and unknown disrupting what you thought of as your “normal” family. This chapter is meant to bridge the gap between what has already been suggested as ways to help families dealing with addiction and the current understanding of complex family dynamics. It ...

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