About the Report
Addiction is a complicated disease and family members are profoundly impacted when a loved one develops an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. Many are often at a loss as to how to help their loved ones who are suffering from SUD and we know it can be especially daunting to navigate treatment and recovery.
Navigating Addiction and Treatment: A Guide for Families is a resource for family members who are trying to navigate the complex world of addiction and help loved ones achieve recovery. The guide includes basic definitions, as well as in-depth information about substance use disorders, treatment options, communication strategies, and self-care tips. This guide was released in the summer of 2020. It was created by the Addiction Policy Forum staff in conjunction with an Expert Review Panel composed of prominent researchers and physicians in the addiction field. The guide was also crafted with support from the Family Support Advisory Committee made up of family members with lived experience.