Article Published in Academic Journal by Dr. Klostermann

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June 12, 2013

Earlier this month, Keith Klostermann, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor and director of Medaille’s master’s program in psychology, had an article, “Treating Substance Abuse: Partner and Family Approaches,” published in the academic journal, Social Work in Public Health. Co-written by Timothy J. O’Farrell, a professor of psychology at Harvard University, the article analyzes the impact of family members on the treatment and recovery of individuals struggling with substance abuse. An introduction of the article appears below; you can access the full article here

“Historically, alcohol and other substance use disorders were viewed as individual-based problems that were most effectively treated by focusing on the diagnosed individual. However, in response to numerous clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy (and often superiority) of couple and family treatments for alcoholism and drug abuse, this emphasis on treating the individual has slowly given way to a greater awareness of family members’ crucial roles in the etiology, maintenance, and long-term course of substance use and addictive behavior. As a result, clinicians are increasingly interested in understanding substance misuse from a systemic perspective and exploring how partner- and family-involved interventions may be used to address individuals’ substance abuse.”

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