Family Members and Addiction Treatment Outcomes: Applying Research to Clinical Practice

Sponsor: Grayken Center for Addiction TTA, a program of Boston Medical Center 

Family members (i.e., nuclear family, extended family, chosen family) of people with substance use disorder can positively impact addiction treatment initiation, engagement, retention, as well as sustained recovery. This training will reframe the role of family members in the lives of people with substance use disorder, highlighting the importance of family and social support in achieving optimal health outcomes. The experience of family members and their capacity to improve all addiction-related outcomes will be discussed. Additionally, this training will highlight gaps in current resources for family members and how education and information provided to family members can impact the treatment and recovery of their loved ones. The importance of providing evidence-based information to families will also be emphasized. Lastly, the training will introduce concrete and simple changes to current models of addiction treatment to engage the family and leverage the invaluable support they provide to people with substance use disorder.

Intended audience

All medical and non-medical staff seeking to learn about the role of the family in addiction treatment are encouraged to attend.


Upon completion of the training, participants will have the knowledge necessary to:

  • Describe the impact of family members on the lives and treatment of loved ones with substance use disorder.
  • Explain how education and information provided to family members, directly and indirectly, impacts substance use outcomes.
  • Demonstrate practices that can be used to integrate family members into the care of people with substance use disorder.

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Event Details

October 10, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
via Zoom