• Substance use disorder is a serious condition and not easy to treat.
  • Treatment begins with recognizing the addiction problem.
  • People who are addicted have far less denial if they are treated with empathy and respect, rather than told what to do or being confronted.


  • The treatment involves trained professionals (a medication or a detoxification treatment may be necessary). However, the family has a significant role in establishing and maintaining health.
  • Your enrolment as caregiver for the individual has a great influence in the effectiveness of treatment.
  • Many programs exist where support is given to the individuals and/or their families. Find out self help groups!!
  • The recovery process doesn’t finish after medical treatment. The transition back to life outside of rehab is full of risks with potential for relapse.
  • Thus, aftercare programs and resources such as 12-step groups, sober living homes and family and friends as a fulltime support promote a life rich with rewarding relationships and meaning.

Unit 4 presents an activity (Step by Step Calendar) which you can apply at home

Self help groups: